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Lou Hatter 540-829-7537
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CULP 2010-065

May 21, 2010



VDOT PLANS TO REPLACE ROUTE 729 BRIDGE NEAR BEN VENUE
Design public hearing May 26 will provide forum for comments, questions about project

CULPEPER — A project to replace the bridge over Battle Run on Route 729 in Rappahannock County will be the subject of a public hearing on Wednesday, May 26. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to replace the bridge, which is about 2.5 miles south of Ben Venue, due to its age and condition.

The proposed replacement bridge will be 96 feet long and 30 feet wide, with two spans built of pre-stressed concrete. It will be built to current design standards, including paved shoulders to make the bridge safer for motorists, bicyclists and other users.

The design public hearing for the project, which will allow residents and others to review the proposed design, ask questions and provide comments, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 26 at the Rappahannock County High School, 12576 Lee Highway, Washington, VA. VDOT staff will be at the hearing to answer questions about all aspects of the project.

When the design of the replacement bridge is finalized and approved the department will move forward with the acquisition of right of way necessary for the new bridge. Permanent right of way, utility easements and temporary construction easements will be necessary for this project. Right of way acquisition and utility relocation is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011, with construction expected to begin in late spring 2012. The replacement of the bridge is scheduled to take four to five months.

During construction of the bridge Route 729 will be closed to through traffic at the bridge for approximately three months. The project schedule calls for that closure during the summer months to minimize disruptions to school bus routes and other traffic. Route 729 carries approximately 950 vehicles per day; based on anticipated growth the daily traffic volume will increase to 1,100 vehicles per day by 2021.

The total cost of the replacement project is estimated at $2.1 million. Of that total, about $360,000 will be spent on engineering, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation is estimated at $161,353, and approximately $1.6 million for actual construction.

Project information is available for review at VDOT’s Culpeper District Office located at 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, 540-829-7500. Please call ahead to ensure that personnel are available to answer your questions.

Members of the public and representatives of organizations may make comments either orally or in writing at the public hearing. Comments will also be accepted in writing for 10 days after the hearing. Once the comment period closes on June 7, VDOT representatives will review and evaluate any information received as a result of the public hearing.  

Written comments made after the hearing should be submitted by postal mail or email to Mr. James S. Utterback, PMP, Culpeper District Administrator, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701; or by email to James.Utterback@VDOT.Virginia.gov.

VDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For additional information or assistance contact VDOT’s Culpeper District Office of Equal Opportunity, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701; telephone 540-829-7525, TDD/TTY 800-307-4630 or 711.

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