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March 11, 2009


STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a design public hearing concerning improvements to Route 250 (Highland Turnpike) in Highland County. The meeting will be held on March 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stonewall Ruritan Club located at 67 Bullpasture River Road in McDowell.

Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 days after the meeting date to Mr. Garrett W. Moore, P.E. Virginia Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 2249, Staunton, VA 24402-2249. Oral comments can be recorded at the hearing with the assistance of a court reporter.

The proposed project will replace the Crab Run bridge, located between Route 645 and Route 654 in the village of McDowell. The existing 24-foot wide, two-lane bridge will be replaced with a 47.7-foot wide, two-lane bridge. The wider new bridge will meet current design standards for wider shoulders. The wider shoulders and approaches will enhance driver safety in this area.

Construction of the new bridge will be on a slightly shifted alignment, allowing a staged construction process. During construction a single 15-foot traffic lane will be continuously maintained. Eight-foot wide shoulders will be on the roadway approaching the bridge site. Areas featuring guardrail will have 11-foot wide shoulders.
The average daily traffic volume in 2007 was 1267 vehicles per day. This number is anticipated to increase to 1810 vehicles per day by the year 2032.

There will be no families, businesses or non-profit organizations displaced as a result of this project.
The estimated cost for this project is approximately $2.5 million, which includes $420,062 for preliminary engineering, $114,235 for right-of-way acquisition and $1,934,294 for construction.

Design approval is estimated to occur in spring 2009. Right of way acquisition will be in mid-2009 with construction advertisement in lat 2010.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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