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Michelle Earl 276-669-9999
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BR-11059

June 6, 2011



Route 94 bridge scheduled to reopen this month; ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for July

BRISTOL— The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open the newly constructed Route 94 bridge in Grayson County in the coming weeks, on or before June 27. 

Additionally, VDOT will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, July 15 at 11 a.m. to celebrate the recent completion of the project.  The ceremony will be held rain or shine on site and traffic will be restricted to one lane on the newly constructed bridge during the ceremony. 

The Route 94 bridge over the New River in Grayson County was closed in March 2010 following safety concerns after the truss bridge sustained damages from an overheight vehicle. 

Construction of the new bridge was scheduled to begin in fall 2010 and plans were to use the truss bridge for traffic during construction, removing the truss bridge upon completion of the new bridge.   

VDOT pursued an emergency bridge replacement contract, accelerating the start date of construction.  The project began in July 2010 and R.R. Dawson Bridge Company, LLC, Lexington, Ky., was selected as the contractor.  

“We understand the year-long detour for this project has been inconvenient for motorists, but VDOT and the contractor have worked diligently to provide a quality construction project within a condensed time frame so the road could be reopened as quickly as possible,” Michael Russell, P.E. VDOT Bristol District Administrator, said.

Motorists and trucks have been detouring around the bridge using Routes 94 and 274.  Local traffic wanting to travel from Fries to Galax has been using Routes 606 and 721 across the low-water bridge to Glendale Avenue.

The Route 94 Carrico Bridge, built in 1927, will be removed following the opening of the new bridge located just upstream over the New River.   

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