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STA10-010

Jan. 14, 2010



VDOT TO HOLD CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETING CONCERNING SOUTH FORK BRIDGE

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting concerning improvements to the South Fork River Bridge on Route 340 in Warren County just outside the Town of Front Royal.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 at A. S. Rhodes Elementary located at 224 W. Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA   22630.

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, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA  24401-9029. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter

The Route 340 South Fork Bridge project will replace the existing bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.  Additionally, the project will reconfigure the intersection of Route 340 and Route 55. Along with the bridge the project will reconstruct approximately 4,000 feet of roadway along Route 340/522 and Route 55.

Located on the northern outskirts of the Town of Front Royal, the project is on Route 340 from 0.59-mile south of the Route 55 intersection to 0.07-mile north of the Route 55 intersection.

The South Fork Bridge, built in 1941, consists of 12 spans made up of steel-beams and steel deck trusses with a concrete deck.  The current bridge contains four 10-foot wide travel lanes with two lanes in each direction.  This structure has surpassed its 50-year design life-span.  Three-axel vehicles weighing more than 27 tons and five-axel vehicles weighing more than 38 tons are prohibited from using the bridge due to the bridge’s deteriorated condition.  This situation hinders truck commerce in the area.  Signs informing motorists of this weight limit are posted in the bridge area.  

The purpose of the project is to replace the deteriorating South Fork Bridge and to address the severe traffic congestion in the bridge corridor.  The project will also accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic and improve corridor safety.

The new bridge will have six lanes and feature bike and pedestrian facilities.  Improved signs, markings and longer turn-lanes are included.  A new left-turn lane will be built at 18th Street in Front Royal.

At the Route 340/522 intersection with Route 55, substantially higher traffic projections require that traditional and innovative intersection treatments be considered.  A primary goal of this project is to significantly reduce congestion in the area and enhance safety. The intersection will feature an innovative design called a “Quadrant Roadway Intersection (QRI)”. A traffic simulation model of the QRI will be presented at the citizen information meeting.

The total estimated cost for this project is $64.5 million with $4.2 million for preliminary engineering, $7 million for right of way activities, and $53.3 million for construction.  The construction estimate includes $53.3 million for bridge construction and the remainder for intersection construction.

Advertisement for construction is early 2017.

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

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