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Rockbridge County – I-64 Bridges over Maury River

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
CTB Awarded on January 15, 2014

Est Completion Date
Summer 2017

Cost
Contract Value is $12.9 million

Lengths and Limits
0.16-mile long From: Mile marker 53.5 To: Mile marker 55.5

Contractor
Orders Construction Company, Inc. of St. Albans, WV

Locality
Rockbridge

District
Staunton

Contact
Wayne Nolde, PE
540-332-9047

Project Details

The Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County were designed in 1969 in built in 1976. These two bridges carry eastbound and westbound traffic on I-64 in the Lexington area. The bridges have a steel frame support and are called delta frame bridges. This is due to the shape of the structural steel support frame, which is an inverted triangle or Greek letter delta.

This project will rehabilitate the two bridges by repairing the structural steel frames, and replacing the deck, reconstructing abutments and providing slope work protection.

This project has earned $15.5 million in federal grants 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.

To view the TIGER Grant announcement from Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dm1YowUBGw

Each bridge is 845-feet long and 43-feet wide.  Roadway width is 39 feet.

The existing bridges are structurally deficient with a general condition rating of 4 on a scale of 9.  Structurally deficient means the condition of any part of the structure has reached a condition rating of 4, meaning “poor”.  This designation 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.

The bridges have steel fatigue cracks along with deck, joint and abutment problems plus slope erosion. The bridges are currently inspected twice a year rather than undergoing the normal two-year inspection cycle.

Construction began in spring 2014.  The project has three construction phases. 

Phase 1 will complete the grading and paving of the crossovers and installation of signs. 

Phase 2 has the eastbound bridge closed for rehabilitation work.  All traffic was switched to the westbound bridge during the fall of 2014. 

Phase 3 has the westbound bridge closed for rehabilitation work.  All traffic will be switched to the eastbound bridge in the spring of 2016.

Media and Public Events

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 4-6 p.m.
 “Pardon Our Dust” Citizen Information Meeting
Rockbridge High School
143 Greenhouse Road
Lexington, VA 24450

What’s Next

Construction beginning early 2014. Significant traffic-pattern changes from October 2014 through summer 2017.

Benefits of Project

Completion of this rehabilitation project will allow the bridges to remain open in the coming years and extend their life-cycle by 50 years.  Over $20 million is saved on this project due to rehabilitation of the bridges rather than replacing them.

VDOT’s Staunton District bridge section facilitated the efforts of the Virginia Center for Transportation, Innovation and Research, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the design consultant Whitman, Requardt & Associates to develop the plans for this unique rehabilitation project and a subsequent savings.

I-64 is a critical freight transportation artery and is an important rail corridor. It links extensive terminal facilities in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas to the rest of Virginia and the nation. It provides the only interstate access to the port of Virginia, which includes three separate major port facilities in the Hampton Roads area. The presence of CSX rail lines increases I-64’s importance as a major freight corridor, as it provides access to numerous warehousing and distribution operations along its length.

The I-64 East/West corridor has been identified as a corridor of statewide significance in the Virginia Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan and is part of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) national network and the National Highway System (NHS).

During Construction

During construction of the eastbound bridge, both directions of traffic will use the westbound bridge.  During construction of the westbound bridge, both directions of traffic will use the eastbound bridge.  Crossovers will be placed in the median to switch traffic.  The speed limit will be 55 miles-per-hour at this location.  Each bridge closure will last approximately 12 months.

Traffic Alerts

Mile marker 53 to 55, eastbound and westbound – Be alert for traffic-pattern change beginning May 9, 2016.  Westbound traffic will taper to a single lane and use a median crossover to access the eastbound side of the interstate. After crossing the bridge, westbound drivers will follow a second crossover to return to the I-64 westbound mainline. 

Eastbound traffic throughout the work zone will be limited to the right lane. 

Work zone speed limit 55 miles an hour.  Estimated project completion summer 2017.

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

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

State  0064-081-753,P101, B655, B654
Federal  BR-BR08 (305)
UPC  98287

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