Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Nov. 7, 2018
VDOT UPDATES US 58 at SANDY CREEK DETOUR
Structures closed as result of Tropical Storm Michael damage
LYNCHBURG, Va. – US 58 over Sandy Creek at the Halifax/Pittsylvania County line has been closed to traffic since Tropical Storm Michael struck the Commonwealth in October and motorists have used a lengthy detour that required travel in North Carolina. Weather permitting the eastbound structure will re-open to one lane of traffic in each direction today, Wednesday, November 7.
Alleghany Construction, under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation, began repairs to the eastbound structure within days of the completion of a damage assessment. Work included backfilling the bridge abutments, reconstructing a shoulder on the bridge approach and replacing guardrail.
The goal of the approximately $1 million project was to allow US 58 to be re-opened to two-way traffic while extensive long-term repairs are done to the westbound structure.
“We will,” said Dale R. Totten, P.E., Lynchburg District maintenance engineer, “allow one lane of westbound and one lane of eastbound traffic on the US 58 East Bridge over Sandy Creek and will remove the detour currently in place.”
During the configuration a 30-mile per hour speed limit will be in place and, due to the 10-foot lane width in each direction, wide loads will be re-routed. VDOT will separate traffic by using flexible delineators designed to guide traffic into a specific lane, as well as use enhanced changeable message boards and rumble strips to alert motorists to the new traffic pattern.
“The Southwest Regional Traffic Operations Center will monitor traffic flow via a temporary portable camera,” said Totten, “and multiple work zone reviews will be conducted to ensure that traffic is safely negotiating the bridge. Any traffic control adjustments needed will be made.”
Alleghany Construction also contracted to make repairs to the westbound structure. A completion date for those repairs has not been determined.
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