Steel Fabrication

  • Scope Superstructure
  • Steel Members Plate Girders
  • Photo Credits: Virginia DOT (Aerial Photos), Wagman Heavy Civil, and High Structural Erectors
Stafford County, VA
  • Plate Girder
  • Design-Build

Rappahannock River Bridges

  • Plate Girder
  • Design-Build


High Steel fabricated over 5,000 tons of structural steel plate girders for the new mainline Rappahannock River Bridge projects. The new structures carry I-95 Northbound and Southbound across the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Transportation put the two 1,200-foot-long structures out for bid as separate projects. The design-build team of Wagman Heavy Civil and JMT were awarded both contracts.

The southbound structure was constructed between 2018-2020, with the Northbound structure following in 2020-2022.  High Steel fabricated the weathering steel plate girders for both projects, with High Structural Erectors serving as the steel erector.  

The project will greatly reduce the congestion in this area of the I-95 corridor, with the new mainline bridges accommodating the through traffic, and the older, existing structures serving the local traffic.  

Project Details

Project Specs

  Bridge Type: Plate Girder

  Steel Tonnage: 5,125 Tons (combined)

  Steel Type:  ASTM A709 Gr. 50W, ASTM A709 Gr. HPS70W

Project Team

  Project Owner: Virginia DOT

  Contractor: Wagman Heavy Civil

  Design Consultant: JMT

  Steel Fabricator: High Steel Structures LLC

  Steel Detailer: High Steel Structures LLC

  Steel Erection: High Structural Erectors LLC