Too expensive to fix: Waynesboro to permanently close 4th Street bridge on June 12

Too expensive to fix: Waynesboro to permanently close 4th Street bridge on June 12

4th Street Bridge Waynesboro
Photo courtesy City of Waynesboro website

The 4th Street bridge in Waynesboro will be closed to vehicular traffic permanently beginning June 12.

Portable traffic messaging boards were placed on June 5 to alert residents to the upcoming closure.

The bridge will remain open to pedestrians and bicycle traffic.

In 2016, an engineering firm accessed the bridge – and said it would need to be replaced in order to continue to carry vehicular traffic. The weight of cars and trucks have damaged the timbers on the bridge deck and steel structure.

The estimated cost to replace the bridge is $8-$10 million dollars. The cost to tear it down would be approximately $500,000.

Because of the nature of this project, the city said, grant opportunities are extremely unlikely meaning the replacement would need to be funded locally.

The city chose at third option – to reduce the load on the bridge by eliminating vehicular traffic – as it is “the most cost-effective choice and also provides a significantly extended lifespan for the bridge.”

The city is working with Google to help re-reroute traffic. The East End area offers alternative bridges to get in and out of neighborhoods in the region.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.