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Environmental group, VDOT disagree on ‘soft costs’ of fixing Waterloo Bridge

Wednesday, Apr. 1 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
The Virginia Department of Transportation and Piedmont Environmental council agree on this much: historic Waterloo Bridge, which spans the Rappahannock River on Route 613, can be saved. And the actual construction work would cost between $1.1 million and $1.6 million, according to a release from PEC.

It's the "soft costs" where they disagree.

PEC members, representatives from Fauquier and Culpeper counties, and VDOT met on March 26 to discuss those costs. Schiffer Group, the consultant hired by PEC and both counties, says engineering, right of way, miscellaneous construction costs, and construction contingencies would total an estimated $800,000.

VDOT's estimation of those costs is far higher: about $2.5 million.

"This discussion will likely continue over the next month because even as a revenue share project with 50 percent covered by VDOT, 25 percent covered by Culpeper, and 25 percent covered by Fauquier, $4.1 million would be difficult for the localities to afford," said the PEC release.

The metal truss bridge, built in 1878, carried about 680 vehicles a day across its length before its closure more than a year ago.

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