Jason Bond 540-387-5493
April 14, 2010
TRAFFIC ALERT: VDOT POSTS WEIGHT RESTRICTION ON ROUTE 116 BRIDGE IN ROANOKE COUNTY
SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation has lowered the weight limit on the Route 116 bridge over Back Creek in Roanoke County. Due to the bridge’s deteriorating concrete riding surface, VDOT has reduced the weight of vehicles that can use the bridge.
Signs are now in place on the bridge indicating a weight limit of 31 tons for tractor-trailers (semi-trucks) and 23 tons for all other vehicles. The bridge is located 0.8 mile north of the Franklin County line.
The bridge is a multi-span beam and concrete deck structure that was built in 1961. At the last traffic count in 2008, approximately 5,400 vehicles use the bridge each day.
There are funds currently identified in VDOT’s Six-Year Improvement Program to begin developing plans to replace the bridge. No timetable has been established.
VDOT is also completing a study to restrict truck traffic on Route 116 at the request of Roanoke and Franklin counties. VDOT anticipates holding a public hearing on restricting truck traffic on Route 116 sometime later this year.
The weight limit reduction on the bridge is independent of the through truck restriction study on Route 116.
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