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VDOT schedules Route 682 bridge public hearing

vdot logoThe Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to Route 682 (Friedens Church Road) in Rockingham County.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 7 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, P.E., 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.

This project replaces the single-lane Route 682 bridge over Pleasant Run in Rockingham County.  The current structure built in 1945 is deficient and has reached the end of its service life.  To the east of the bridge is a railroad crossing.  The terrain contains curves and hills.

This project is 0.397-mile long and extends from 0.241-mile west of Route 867 to 0.156-mile east of Route 867.

The new bridge will be south of the current structure and will be 40 feet wide and approximately 50 feet long and have two 12-foot travel lanes. The roadway will be leveled out at the railroad crossing.  Curves on Route 682 will also be reduced and the intersections with Route 867 and Route 989 will be improved.

Project plans are anticipated to receive approval in spring 2015. Right of way activities will begin in summer 2016 with construction in summer 2018.

In 2014 Route 682 had an average daily traffic count of 3043 vehicles per day.  By the design year of 2040 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 3500 vehicles per day.

The total estimated cost for this project is $4,548,973, including $573,854 for preliminary engineering, $500,000 for right of way and $3,475,119 for construction.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.

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