U. S. Route 29 South over Norfolk Southern Railroad, Pittsylvania County
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
late June 2017
Lengths and Limits
From 0.05 miles south of Route 803 to 1.37 miles north of Route 29 Business, 0.40 miles
Raina A. Rosado, P.E.
The purpose of this project was to replace the structurally deficient bridge on U.S. Route 29 South over Norfolk Southern Railroad with approaches on this Principal Rural Arterial roadway in Pittsylvania County. "Structurally deficient" means there are elements of the bridge that need to be monitored and/or repaired. This does not imply that a structure is likely to collapse or that it is unsafe. It means the bridge must be monitored, inspected and maintained.
The existing bridge had a sufficiency rating of 43.5. Sufficiency ratings were developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to serve as a prioritization tool to allocate funds. The rating varies from 0 percent (poor) to 100 percent (very good). The formula considers structural adequacy, whether the bridge is functionally obsolete and level of service provided to the public.
Under this project, Route 29 South remained on the same alignment that previously existed with approaches reconstructed as needed.
During construction, the previous bridge was closed and an on-site detour route will in place.