Rockbridge County - Route 602 (Walkers Creek Road) Bridge Replacement
Project at a Glance
Possible advertisement for construction is October 2014.
Est Completion Date
Total estimated project cost is $1.17 million
Lengths and Limits
Length: 0.17 mile long From: 0.15 west of the intersection with Route 731 To: 0.02 mile east of intersection with Route 731
Keith N. Harrop, P.E.
The project is located in Rockbridge County north of the City of Lexington near the Augusta County border. Route 602 (Walkers Creek Road) is a rural local road which runs predominately north to south meandering through the northern half of the County. This road is sparsely populated with primarily agricultural properties. In 2009, the traffic count taken on Route 602 showed an average daily traffic (ADT) count of 140 leading to predictions indicating that in the year 2025 the ADT will be 170 vehicles per day.
The bridge this project intends to replace crosses over Walkers Creek roughly 150-feet west of the intersection with Route 731 (Dutch Hollow Road). The existing road alignment places this crossing in the middle of an S-shaped horizontal curve which should be improved upon as possible. At this time, Rockbridge County does not have any active plans calling for bike or pedestrian accommodations along this section of Route 602.
The property south of this section of road alignment does have a Virginia Outdoors Foundation Easement. However, when this easement was set up, indications are that a provision was included to allow for future improvements to Route 602.
Within 30-feet west of the existing bridge there is a dry well hydrant that provides water from Walkers Creek for the local fire department. A limitation to this site is that fire trucks filling their tanks with water cannot cross over the existing bridge due to the weight limitation. The dry well will need to be relocated during construction. After the project is completed, emergency vehicles will be able to cross the bridge heading north after they have filled up.
While there are no site-specific safety problems associated with the existing width, the new bridge will be wider to accommodate two-way traffic.
While there are no site-specific safety problems identified at the site, the horizontal alignment will be improved as a result of the project. The shifting of the new bridge south of the existing location will improve the radiuses of the S-shaped horizontal road curvature.
Since there are no site-specific safety problems identified at the site, the vertical alignment will remain no worse than the existing.
While there are no site-specific safety problems identified at the site, the sight distance will likely be improved as a result of having a wider bridge.
While there are presently no guard rails, and there are no site-specific safety problems identified with this lack, guard rails will be provided on both approaches.
While there are no site-specific safety problems identified at the site, the design conditions will be improved as compared to the existing conditions. Currently this section of Route 602 is unregulated for speed. Safe traveling speed in the area varies along the narrow windy roadway alignment as it meanders through the mountains.
This project replaces an existing substandard, structurally deficient bridge on a state route that serves county residents. If not replaced, the existing bridge will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicular traffic. Should a contract for construction not be awarded for replacement the inevitable closure of the existing structure would inconvenience local residents with a twelve-mile long detour route.
The new bridge will be constructed just south (downstream) from its existing location allowing for traffic to continue to cross the creek during the course of construction. Along with this shift in alignment, the existing dry well hydrant will be moved accordingly and supported with an appropriate access point for fire trucks.
The existing bridge will remain open during construction. The work zone will be marked and signed appropriately to allow for existing traffic to continue to flow safely through the area with limited delays. Once complete, the new bridge structure will allow currently restricted emergency vehicles to cross over Walkers Creek.
Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District
Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web
State Project Number: 0687-008-710,P101, R201, M501, B618
Federal Project Number; BROS-081-8(017)