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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA11-089

May 2, 2011



PUBLIC HEARING TO BE HELD FOR GOONEY CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ON ROUTE 340 IN WARREN COUNTY

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a design public hearing concerning the Gooney Creek Bridge replacement on Route 340 (Stonewall Jackson Highway) in Warren County.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Skyline High School located at 151 Skyline Vista Drive, 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. John-Allen Ennis, 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 proposed project is located on Route 340 from .655 mile to .330 mile south of Route 605 (Poor House Road).  Route 340 through this area consists of two 12 foot lanes with narrow shoulders and narrow ditches. The project includes replacing the current bridge and approaches at Gooney Creek with a new two-lane structure and approaches.

The proposed road will have 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders, eight feet of which will be paved.  Also, rumble strips will be installed along the edge of the travel lanes to provide a separation between vehicular traffic and bicycles. The wider, paved shoulders provide more for correction space for errant vehicles and a safe space for disabled vehicles to pull off. The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the duration of the project with the possible exception of occasional flagging operations.  Access to all private residences and businesses will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

In 2008 the traffic counts at this location were 6,513 vehicles per day.  This figure is expected to increase to 9,700 vehicles per day in the year 2036.

The total cost for this project is estimated to be $13,304,925, which includes $1,204,023 for preliminary engineering, $1,194,000 for right of way and $10,906,902 for construction.

The current project schedule includes design plan approval in late winter of 2012 with right of way activities beginning in the spring 2012.  Advertisement for construction is anticipated for spring 2013 and completion in fall 2015.

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

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