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March 18, 2011

Access restricted for replacement of bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad

CULPEPER—Signs will be in place on Monday, March 21, alerting motorists to the planned closure of Jefferson Park Avenue on Monday, April 4, 2011, weather permitting.  The closure is necessary to begin waterline relocation and construction of the temporary pedestrian bridge associated with the replacement of the bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad. 

In January, R. R. Dawson Bridge Co., LLC, of Lexington, KY was awarded the $5.8 million contract for construction of the new bridge.  The new structure will be 67 feet wide with travel lanes built to current standards as well as dedicated bike lanes and a sidewalk to accommodate the significant pedestrian traffic in the area. 

During construction, pedestrians and bicyclists will initially use the existing bridge until the temporary pedestrian/bicycle bridge is completed for their access only across the railroad tracks.  No motorized vehicles will be able to cross the bridge during construction. 

The current bridge was built prior to 1932 and has an 8-ton weight limit.  Fire and emergency vehicles cannot use this structure and transit services are limited to smaller equipment.

The project is slated for completion by September 24, 2012. 

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