Snake Road closed for bridge replacement

Snake Road closed for bridge replacement

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Transportation on Wednesday began construction on a bridge replacement project on Ruffin Mill Road (Rt. 746) over Ashton Creek in Chesterfield.

The new structure will replace the aging bridge deck structure originally built in 1950.

Ruffin Mill Road is often called Snake Road, for its windy turns. It's also been a problem, because GPS units direct drivers to use the road as a cut-through. But it's sending heavy trucks down the road that can't make the turns, and weigh too much to cross the bridge, which has a weight limit of 10 tons.

VDOT officials say this new bridge will not change that limit. It only maintains existing services.

"This particular project will just maintain the current level of service," said VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand. "We may have a much larger project that may be able to increase the capacity but that's years out, so drivers of trucks will still need to take the detour at this point.

During construction, the road will be closed to through traffic. Drivers can use the posted detour:

  • class="MsoNormal">Eastbound Ruffin Mill Road/Route 746: Take Ramblewood Drive to Woods Edge Road back to Ruffin Mill Road (Rt.746) east.
  • class="MsoNormal">Westbound Ruffin Mill Road/Route 746: Take Woods Edge Road to Ramblewood Drive back to Ruffin Mill Road (Rt. 746) west.

The project is expected to be complete by mid-April 2015.

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