Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
May 22, 2012
LINVILLE CREEK BRIDGE ON WEST SPRINGBROOK ROAD IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY TO BE REPLACED
STAUNTON – A project to replace the Linville Creek Bridge on West Springbrook Road (Route 1421) in the Broadway area of Rockingham County has been awarded. The contract valued at $2.9 million was awarded to Plecker Construction Co. of Staunton by the Commissioner of Highways Gregory A. Whirley on May 8.
This project will construct a new bridge and will also preserve the existing bridge, which will feature a shared bike and pedestrian path. The existing structure is a single-span Thacher through truss bridge and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Registry. The project location is between Route 42 and 0.275 mile west of Route 42.
The new bridge will be a parallel structure on a shifted alignment. The bridge will be 32-foot wide and have over 29 feet of clear width. Curb and gutter will extend from the western end of the bridge to Route 42. A 10-foot paved shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclist will be provided along the south side of the project separated at least five feet from the roadway. This shared use path will lead up to the existing bridge which will be turned into a pedestrian bridge after it is closed to traffic.
The project completion date is April 30, 2013.
The current bridge was built in 1898 and is in overall poor condition.
In 2008 this bridge carried approximately 900 vehicles a day and currently has a 4-ton capacity. This number is anticipated to increase to 1,700 vehicles per day by the design year of 2023.
Two-way traffic will be maintained during construction of the project. Traffic detours will be required during the construction of the approaches and temporary lane closures may be necessary.
Signalization, flagging operations and/or pilot vehicles will be used to maintain traffic. During construction, traffic and access to all adjoining properties will be maintained and every reasonable effort will be made to protect the environment from dust, silt and erosion.
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