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Waterloo Bridge, which connects northern Culpeper County with Fauquier over the Rappahannock River, is open again to traffic after a year-long restoration effort.

The 143-year-old wrought-iron truss structure was built in 1878. Due to significant deterioration it has been closed since 2014.

Almost exactly one year ago a $3.65 million restoration project began on the bridge, during which it was dismantled, removed, repaired and reinstalled.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation reported Tuesday the project was completed on budget, and two months ahead of schedule.

Route 613, Waterloo Road, is open to through traffic, but the bridge now has a posted weight restriction of 12 tons.

The bridge, which inspired in 2020 placement of it and other truss bridges in Virginia on the state’s Most Endangered Places list, replaced a bridge in the same spot built by Thomas Ingram in 1853.

For more information about the project, visit the project page on VDOT’s website, virginiadot.org/projects/culpeper/waterloo.

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