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Augusta County - Route 685 (Lehigh Road) Bridge over Little Calfpasture River

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Contract Awarded March 29, 2016

Est Completion Date
November 2016

Contract Value $679,965.90

Lengths and Limits
From: 0.45 mile northeast of intersection with Route 684 to 0.52 mile south of intersection with Route 42

Fairfield-Echols LLC, Fishersville, Va.



Wayne Nolde, P.E.

Project Details

The purpose of this project is to replace the Route 685 bridge and approaches at Little Calfpasture River.

The existing bridge, built around 1925, is a single-lane structure comprised of two concrete spans with a total length of 68 feet 11 inches. The bridge is classified as structurally deficient and is a candidate for federal funds for replacement. “Structurally deficient” does not mean that a structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced or it can no longer carry today’s heavier vehicle loads.

The bridge will be replaced by a new single-lane structure with a roadway width of about 15 feet 8 inches. Safety will be improved with the addition of railings, resulting in an overall width of roughly 18 feet 2 inches. The length and alignment of the new structure will likely remain similar to the existing bridge.

This project will be designed using federal guidelines for very low-volume local roads (less than 400 vehicles a day). This allows the replacement bridge to be constructed with the same width, provided it uses a similar or more favorable alignment.

The original bridge had an average traffic count of 75 vehicles per day, and a projected count of 77 vehicles per day for the design year of 2027.

What's Next

Design Plan Approval  Spring 2014
Right of Way Activities  Late 2014
Advertisement for Construction  Spring 2016

Media and Public Events

Advertisement for Willingness to Hold Public Hearing
Comment deadline is June 13, 2014

Mr. Alvin Trout
Project Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
811 Commerce Road
Staunton, VA  24401-9029

Benefits of Project

This project replaces an existing substandard bridge on a state-maintained road that serves county residents. If not replaced, the existing bridge will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicular traffic.

During Construction

The existing bridge will be closed during construction. The work zone will be marked and signed to help traffic follow a 3.7 mile long detour.

Traffic Alerts

The new bridge opened to traffic on November 21, 2016.

Project Numbers

State  0685-007-441,P106, R201, C501, B606
Federal  STP-007-8(060)
UPC  77423

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