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April 27, 2010



VDOT SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON WALNUT AVENUE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN VINTON

SALEM—The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Town of Vinton will hold a citizen information meeting to discuss proposed plans to replace the Walnut Avenue bridge over Glade Creek in Vinton.   

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Town of Vinton Council Chambers in the Vinton Municipal Building, 311 South Pollard Street Vinton, VA 24179.  

The purpose of the proposed project is to replace the Walnut Avenue bridge over Glade Creek.  The new bridge will include curb and gutter, sidewalks and bike lanes.  Two construction alternatives are currently being considered.  Alternative one would require traffic to be detoured from Walnut Avenue to Route 24 during construction.  Using this alternative the construction phase is expected to last one year.  Alternative two would maintain traffic on Walnut Avenue, shifting traffic onto a temporary bridge until construction of the new permanent bridge is complete.  Using this alternative, construction is expected to last two years.  

Written comments about the project may be submitted at the meeting or until Friday, May 21, 2010 by mail to Mr. Richard L. Caywood, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 3071, Salem, VA 24153.  E-mail comments can be sent to saleminfo@VDOT.virginia.gov.  Please reference “Walnut Avenue Comments” in the subject heading.   

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 540-387-5320 or TTY/TDD 711.

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