VDOT public hearing to discuss Rockingham bridge replacement

The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing concerning the Cooks Creek Bridge replacement on Route 704 (Oakwood Drive) in Rockingham County. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, 4-7 p.m., at Turner Ashby High School, 800 N. Main St., Bridgewater.

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. Junyi Meng, P.E., 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.

This project replaces the Cooks Creek Bridge on Route 704 (Oakwood Drive) in Rockingham County east of the Town of Bridgewater. The affected portion of Route 704 is a 1.47 mile urban collector road and rural major collector road connecting the Town of Bridgewater and Route 11.

The existing bridge, built in 1930, is a single lane, measuring 15-feet wide and 46-feet long. The bridge is a single span timber deck and steel beam type structure. The existing approach roadway is a 17-foot wide paved surface.

The bridge is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Structurally deficient means the condition of any part of the structure has reached a poor condition rating. This designation does not mean that a structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced.

Functionally obsolete means a structure was designed with older design features that may no longer meets current geometrics, or traffic needs. They may be too narrow, or otherwise no longer meet the current traffic need for the facility. This designation has no connection to condition rating, but is based on functionality.

The existing bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure in approximately the same location as the existing structure. The new bridge is 42.3-feet wide and 50-feet long. Both roadway approaches will consist of two, 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders.

The average daily traffic count is 3,815 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 11,122 vehicles per day in 2035. There is no existing separate bicycle or pedestrian accommodation.

There are no industries, schools, or commercial interest that will be impacted by the construction.

During construction a temporary detour will be constructed next to the existing bridge at the down stream side of the existing bridge. Two-lane traffic will be maintained and appropriate road signs will be posted during construction.

The total cost for this project is estimated to be $1,378,931, which includes $235,690 for the engineering of bridge and roadway plans, $100,000 for right of way activities and $1,043,241 for construction.

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