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Fallen sign piece briefly closes Falmouth Bridge
Work-zone incident knocks part of overhead sign onto U.S. 1 at Falmouth Bridge, closing it for about an hour Wednesday

Date published: 1/31/2013


The Falmouth Bridge on U.S. 1 was closed for about an hour and a half early Wednesday after part of an overhead sign was knocked off and fell onto the road.

The arm of a bucket truck being used in the Falmouth Bridge concrete rehabilitation project hit the sign's light bar, said Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon.

The light bar fell onto the road and blocked the lanes on the Stafford side of the bridge. The span was closed from about 5:20 a.m. until just before 7 a.m.

Hannon said VDOT crews checked the sign for structural damage before reopening the lanes in the midst of the morning commute.

She said the highway department will soon do a full inspection of the sign's structure.

No one was injured in the incident.

The bridge's concrete rehabilitation project is expected to be finished in February.

The Falmouth Bridge is a major thoroughfare linking Stafford and Fredericksburg. It handles about 30,000 vehicle trips per day. Built in 1943, the bridge is labeled "functionally obsolete" because it can no longer handle the heavy traffic flow.

It also has surpassed the 50-year life cycle set by federal guidelines. It passed its last inspection, in October.

Scott Shenk: 540/374-5436
Email: sshenk@freelancestar.com