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VDOT public hearing on three proposed Rockingham bridge replacements

vdot logoThe Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing concerning three bridge replacement projects in Rockingham County.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m.at Turner Ashby High School, 800 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 days after the meeting date to Mr. John-Allen Ennis, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA  24401-9029. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter.

 

Route 11 (Lee Highway) North River Bridge

The proposed project is located on Route 11 (Lee Highway) at the bridge over North River in Rockingham County.  The project is 0.367-mile long with its limits extending from 0.023-mile north of Route 694 to 0.390-mile north of Route 694.  The proposed project will replace the deteriorated North River bridge.

The existing bridge has two 11-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and ditches.  The 33-foot wide and 314-foot long bridge includes a taper for a left-turn lane.

The new bridge will be 320-feet long and have two 12-foot lanes, with a 12-foot center turn lane.  The shoulders will have a four-foot wide paved surface to accommodate bicycle traffic.  The total shoulder width, including non-paved areas, will be eight-feet wide.  The new bridge will be located east of the existing structure.

During construction, two-lane traffic will be maintained.  Bridge construction will be in staged phases with traffic shifting to the new structure followed by the demolition of the old bridge.

The traffic volumes at this location in 2009 were 5,100 vehicles per day.  The projected traffic volume in 2037 is 7,200 vehicles per day, of which four percent will be trucks.

The total estimated cost for this project is $5.5 million, including $819,049 for preliminary engineering, $250,000 for right of way and $4.4 million for construction.

 

Route 257 (Ottobine Road) Dry River Bridge

The proposed project is located on Route 257 (Ottobine Road) at the bridge over Dry River in Rockingham County.  The project is 0.178-mile long with its limits extending from 0.112-mile west of Route 738 to 0.066-mile east of Route 738.  The proposed project will replace the deteriorated Dry River bridge.

The existing bridge has two 11-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and ditches.  The bridge is on a crest that limits sight distance at the Route 738 intersection.

The new bridge will be 225-feet long and have two 12-foot lanes. The shoulder width will be eight-feet wide.  Sight distance will be improved at the Route 257 and Route 738 intersection.  Route 738 will be on the same alignment as the existing roadway.

Bridge construction will be in staged phases.  During construction one lane of traffic will be maintained with a traffic signal on Route 257.  Route 738 will be closed and a detour will be put in place.

The traffic volumes at this location in 2010 were 3,900 vehicles per day.  The projected traffic volume in 2038 is 4,400 vehicles per day, of which four percent will be trucks.

The total estimated cost for this project is $3.08 million, including $717,000 for preliminary engineering, $150,000 for right of way and $3 million for construction.

 

Route 867 (North River Road) Pleasant Run Bridge

The proposed project is located on Route 867 (North River Road) at the bridge over Pleasant Run in Rockingham County.  The project is 0.1760-mile long with its limits extending from 0.322-mile west of Route 693 to 0.145-mile west of Route 693

The proposed project will replace the deteriorated Pleasant Run bridge.

The existing bridge is a 13-foot wide single-lane structure and has a posted weight limit of 25 tons. The adjacent roadway has two nine-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and ditches.

The new bridge will be 75-feet long and have two 10-foot lanes. The shoulder width will be two-feet wide.  The alignment is proposed to be shifted to the south in order to avoid a detour during construction and improve the overall roadway alignment and bridge approaches.

During construction two-way traffic will be maintained, with occasional lane closures.

The traffic volumes at this location in 2010 were 360 vehicles per day.  The projected traffic volume in 2039 is 500 vehicles per day, of which four percent will be trucks.

The total estimated cost for this project is $1.8 million, including $625,000 for preliminary engineering, $150,000 for right of way and $1.05 million for construction.

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