Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Aug. 6, 2014
VDOT ACKNOWLEDGES CITIZEN CONCERNS ABOUT BRIDGE CLOSURES
LYNCHBURG – When Route 685 in Pittsylvania County was closed for a bridge replacement, area motorists knew that they were facing a detour from their regular route for a while. However, when the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced in July that a portion of Route 676 would also be closed for bridge replacement, residents of the area became concerned. The two structures being replaced are in close proximity to one another and Route 676 is an alternate route local traffic has used during the Route 685-closure.
Several citizens contacted VDOT with their concerns and the Department began to look at what, if anything could be done to mitigate the impact to the community without creating a substantial financial burden. Approximately 370 vehicles per day traverse Route 676, while approximately 250 vehicles per day travel the affected section of Route 685.
The Route 685 project is a smaller maintenance project, while the Route 676 project is a more elaborate construction project. Both projects are part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to replace and/or maintain aging infrastructure.
“VDOT acknowledges that we can plan and coordinate projects such as these to minimize customer impacts,” said Tim Wiles, assistant district administrator for maintenance. “Working with interested citizens, Pittsylvania County and our contractors, we have taken steps to reduce the timeframe of the dual closures.”
Weather permitting the Route 685 will re-open to traffic by September 12. The Route 676 road closure, previously scheduled to begin August 4, will now take place on Monday, August 11.
“As a result of this occurrence, VDOT’s Lynchburg District will coordinate construction and maintenance projects in a proactive manner to minimize project impacts, including road closures,” said Wiles. “We appreciate the willingness of the community and local officials to work with us to identify the best result possible for all shareholders.”
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