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Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Paula.Jones@vdot.virginia.gov

LYN-12-077

Oct. 5, 2012



VDOT HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON ROUTE 501 BRIDGE OVER JAMES RIVER PROJECT NEAR AMHERST/BEDFORD LINE

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public hearing on a proposed project to replacement the bridge and approaches on Route 501 over the James River and CSX Railroad near the Amherst/Bedford County line. 

 The hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Big Island Elementary School, 1114 School Day Road, Big Island, Virginia.

This hearing is being held to provide an opportunity for citizens or organizations to give VDOT input on the proposed project.  The hearing will be held in an open-house format with no formal presentation given.  VDOT representatives will be present to discuss the proposed project and to answer questions.

The primary purpose of this project is to replace the existing structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge with minimal approach work. In addition, right and left turn lanes will be included at the new T-intersection of Route 501 and Route 130.  The proposed bridge will be replaced approximately 0.7 miles downstream from the existing structure.  Traffic will be maintained utilizing the existing roadway and bridge crossing; however, lane closures are likely.

Comments about the proposed project may be submitted at the hearing or until November 2, 2012 by mailing them to Brian Casto, P.E., Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 4219 Campbell Avenue, Lynchburg, Va., 24501.  Comments also can be emailed to lynchburginfo@vdot.virginia.gov. Please reference “Route 501 Bridge Replacement Public Hearing Comment” in the subject heading.

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this hearing may contact the project manager at 434-947-6559, 800-367-7623 or TTY/TDD 711.        



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