Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
Nov. 19, 2008
BUCK MOUNTAIN ROAD REOPENED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
Replacement of Buck Mountain Creek bridge will continue with lane restriction
The 30-year-old bridge was closed Nov. 10 for replacement of the superstructure. The old deck and support beams were removed and replaced with new beams and a wider concrete deck. It was scheduled to reopen to traffic on Nov. 23.
During the next phase of the project traffic will be restricted to one lane across the bridge, controlled by traffic signals at both ends of the bridge. The lane restriction allows the road to be reopened to through traffic more quickly while additional work on the bridge, including pouring the concrete parapets and installing guardrails, is completed. Other work that will be done during this phase involves rehabilitation of the pavement approaches and roadway shoulders on both sides of the bridge.
The work is being done by Fairfield-Echols LLC, which won the $436,891.07 contract. The contract contains a daily incentive if the bridge is reopened to traffic prior to Nov. 23, as well as a penalty if the closure had extended beyond that date.
VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:
· Stay alert. Expect anything to occur when entering a work zone.
· Pay close attention. Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
· Turn on your headlights. Workers and other motorists must see you.
· Don't tailgate. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones.
· Don't speed. Note the speed limits in and around the work zone. Enhanced fines of up to $500 may be levied for speeding in a work zone.
· Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
· Keep up with traffic flow. Dedicate your full attention to the road and those traveling around you.
· Don't change lanes in the work zone. The time saved just isn't worth it.
· Minimize distractions. Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones in the work zone.
· Expect the unexpected. Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
· Be patient. Remember, the construction or maintenance crewmembers are working to improve your future ride.
· Call 511. Receive up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information from any telephone in Virginia. Before you travel, log on to www.511Virginia.org for road and traffic conditions and weather updates.
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