Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Nov. 16, 2009
NORTH DELPHINE RAILROAD BRIDGE GETS REPLACED
STAUNTON – With the assistance of four cranes the old railroad bridge was moved on November 17 at the North Delphine Avenue (Route 340) bridge project in the Waynesboro area. In its place a new bridge was placed with the four cranes. The work was a planned 24-hour operation to close the bridge and replace it before the railroad reopened the track to train traffic.
On site were representatives from Abernathy Construction Corp. of Glen Allen who is the project prime contractor, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Buckingham Branch Railroad.
The work began in the pre-dawn hours with the removal of two smaller spans located next to the main bridge deck. Also concrete work was done to close two back walls of the abutments. Demolition of the old abutments and backfilling behind the existing new abutments had to occur prior to setting the new deck on the bridge supports. Once the bridge deck was in place then the railroad ballast structure and approaches were placed along with ties and rail and ending with track alignment.
The North Delphine Avenue project Route 340 is being done to allow for a future four-lane roadway. This project is related to a separate project to widen Route 340 to four lanes from East Main Street to B Street. Current activity on the entire North Delphine Avenue project includes the just completed construction of the remaining portion of the bridge. This work also involves construction of a large portion of the new Delphine Avenue roadway between Sixth Street and Seventh Street, including storm drainage, retaining wall and utilities.
This project has a completion date of November 7, 2011. The contract value is $9,862,043.45.
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