Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
March 18, 2014
REHABILITATION OF I-64 MAURY RIVER BRIDGES IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY ABOUT TO START
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is about to begin work to rehabilitate the Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River in Rockbridge County.
On Jan. 15, 2014, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $12.9 million construction contract to Orders Construction Company, Inc. of St. Albans, WV. Motorists should see some initial sign work beginning in mid to late March. The bridge projects are scheduled for completion in summer 2016.
The existing bridges, built in 1976, are known as “Delta Frame” structures because of the triangular shape of their steel supports, which are inverted forms of the Greek letter Delta.
In September 2013 the project earned an $11.9 million federal grant under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The grant program aims to protect critical transportation infrastructure while connecting communities and fostering growth in the regional economy. I-64 is vital to freight traffic, providing the only interstate connection between Hampton Roads ports and the western Virginia markets and the United States.
Improvements to the two 850-foot bridges will include complete new decking and extensive repairs to the support structure and abutments. The rehabilitation project is expected to save more than $20 million dollars compared to the cost of replacement, while adding at least 50 more years to the life of the bridges.
VDOT’s Staunton District bridge section collaborated with the agency’s research division, the Virginia Center for Transportation, Innovation and Research (VCTIR), as well as Virginia Tech, and the design consultant Whitman Requardt and Associates to develop the plans for this unique rehabilitation project and a subsequent savings.
In the early stages of this project, contractors will build crossovers in the interstate median to switch traffic. During construction of the eastbound bridge, drivers traveling in both directions will use the westbound bridge. During construction of the westbound bridge, both directions will use the eastbound bridge. Each bridge closure will last approximately 12 months.
A media press conference followed by a citizen information meeting will be held at a future date before the traffic pattern switch, which is scheduled for later this summer.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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