VDOT seeking new owner for historic Augusta County bridge

bridgeThe Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking to transfer ownership and responsibility for the historic Mount Meridian truss bridge on Route 769 in Augusta County.

The 1907 structure is considered eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Transportation Alternatives Program funds may be available for the bridge to be rehabilitated and re-used as a pedestrian facility.

The steel truss bridge crosses the Middle River between Grottoes and Weyers Cave, and is made up of three separate spans totaling 360 feet in length and 15 feet in width. It was closed in 1997 because of structural deficiencies.

VDOT seeks written expressions of interest from individuals, organizations or government agencies. This correspondence must describe:
· The proposed use of the bridge (on- or off-site) and
an implementation plan.
· The organization’s financial and technical capabilities to maintain the structure.
· The organization’s ability to indemnify VDOT from future liability and claims.
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Expressions of interest must be received by December 5, 2014. VDOT reserves the exclusive right to accept or reject any or all expressions of interest to ensure conformity with the Code of Virginia and the historic preservation objectives of this action. For additional information contact Jean Uhl, P.E., Staunton District Structures and Bridge, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA 24402-2249, or at Jean.Uhl@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

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

The Staunton District Twitter feed is @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at www.VirginiaDOT.org.

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