Route 61 bridge replacement - Narrows
Project at a Glance
What's being done?
The purpose of the project is to replace the existing structurally deficient Route 61 bridge with a new two-lane bridge with two sidewalks, bike lanes and roadway approaches.
The new bridge will include two 12-foot travel lanes, a sidewalk and bicycle lanes. The current bridge was built in 1952 and is in overall poor condition.
During construction, at least one lane of traffic will be maintained on the bridge. However, periodic, short-term bridge closures may be necessary during some phases of construction.
VDOT is using a design-build contract to replace the bridge. The contract includes completing design, acquisition of right of way and easements, utility relocations and construction, replacement of the bridge, and realignment and construction of roadway approaches along MacArthur Lane and Fleshman Street.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board at its September 2010 meeting in Richmond awarded a design-build contract to replace the Route 61 bridge over the New River, Route 460 and Old Virginia Avenue in Narrows. The contract worth approximately $15.6 million was awarded to Key Construction Company Inc. from Clarkesville.
Construction work on the project began in February 2012 and is expected to be completed in fall of 2013.