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STA12-143

Oct. 15, 2012



VDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING FOR ROUTE 340 MAIN STREET BRIDGE PROJECT

STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to the Route 340 Bridge (Main Street) over South River in the City of Waynesboro. The meeting will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building located at 503 West Main Street, Waynesboro, VA  22980.

Citizens can come in during 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. Keith N. Harrop, 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.

This project is to replace the Route 340 Bridge over South River in the City of Waynesboro. The project is approximately 0.25-mile long and extends from the intersection of Arch Avenue to the intersection of Charlotte Avenue.

The existing structure was built in 1934. The superstructure length is 224-feet and is comprised of four steel multi-beam girder spans. The 40-foot curb-to-curb width is compromised of two thru travel lanes and a center left turn lane. On either side of the existing bridge are 8-foot wide sidewalks which currently do not transition into approach sidewalks on all four corners.

The new bridge will be improved to include 6-foot wide bicycle lanes on either side of the two, 12-foot paved vehicular travel lanes. Pedestrian access will also be improved with continuous 6-foot wide sidewalks in both directions. The centerline alignment of the bridge will closely match the existing. The project will also include the addition of street lighting and landscaping.

The existing left turn lane servicing eastbound Route 340 traffic turning north onto East Avenue will be eliminated. The existing Route 340 and McElroy Street intersection and left turn lane will be relocated approximately 200-feet west of its current location. This re-alignment will improve the open-space conditions in Constitution Park and will save costs by eliminating the need for the left-turn lane across the proposed bridge.

The bridge will be closed during construction and traffic will be detoured less than 1-mile to the adjacent Route 250 (Broad Street) Bridge.

The average daily traffic volume was 6,295 vehicles per day in the year 2009. This number is anticipated to increase to 8,300 vehicles per day in the year 2038.

Right of Way and utility relocation activities are scheduled to begin in the spring of 2013. Construction may start as early as 2016.

The total estimated cost for this project is $9.3 million including $1.0 million for engineering, $1.7 million for right of way, and $6.6 million for construction.

The public can learn more about this project at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/staunton/city_of_waynesboro_-_route_340_main_street_bridge_replacement.asp.

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



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