Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Aug. 2, 2010
WORK BEGINS ON ROUTE 3 BRIDGES AT GERMANNA
Bridge decks will be patched, resurfaced; motorists should be alert for lane closures
CULPEPER — The decks on the bridges crossing the Rapidan River at Germanna will undergo major repair work beginning this week. The project will require lane closures during the workday so motorists should be alert to changing traffic patterns and expect delays. Work is expected to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 4; repairs will be done on both the eastbound and westbound spans at the same time.
The bridges, at the Culpeper/Orange County line, will first be patched to repair any deteriorated sections of the existing decks. After the patching is finished the decks will be coated with an epoxy overlay that will restore the travel surface and seal the deck to prevent further deterioration caused by moisture and chemicals, such as salt, penetrating the surface. New joint material will be placed between the bridge deck and the abutments to prevent leakage and deterioration of the bridge bearings.
Traffic in the vicinity of the entrance to Germanna Community College will be affected by the lane closures and varying traffic patterns necessary during the project, however no detours will be needed. Drivers entering Germanna Community College should be alert for signs directing them to the entrance. The resurfacing project will be done using temporary lane closures that will be removed at the end of each workday.
The $399,238 contract was awarded to McClain & Co. Inc., of Culpeper. The project is scheduled for completion by Oct. 15, 2010.
VDOT offers the following tips for motorists to increase safety as they navigate highway work zones:
- Follow the signs. Orange signs with black lettering should alert you on the approach to a work zone. Signs and flaggers will direct you through the work zone. Expect changes in traffic patterns as the project progresses.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stay alert, 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, weather forecasts and live traffic cameras on many major highways, including Interstate 64 and I-66 and Route 29 in central Virginia.
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