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Shenandoah County – Route 698 (Orchard Drive) Mill Creek Bridge

Project at a Glance
Begin Date
Advertise for Construction - Fall 2019

The total estimated cost for this project is $2.7 million

Lengths and Limits
Length: 0.2-mile From: Route 1315 (Mill Creek Lane) To: Route 263 (Bryce Road)



Jean Uhl, P.E.
(540) 332-9267

Project Details

This project will replace the Mill Creek Bridge on Route 698 (Orchard Drive) near the town of Mount Jackson in Shenandoah County. The existing single-lane bridge was built in 1932 and is nearing the end of its service life.  It is currently posted for vehicles not to exceed 16 tons. 

The proposed new structure will have two 11-foot lanes with three-foot shoulders.  It will be constructed in the same location as the current structure. Construction is currently scheduled for fall 2019 and should take approximately eight months

During construction the bridge will be closed to traffic. 

In 2012 Route 698 had an average daily traffic count of 750 vehicles per day.  By the design year of 2030 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 781 vehicles per day. 

The total estimated cost for this project is $2,720,061, including $508,408 for preliminary engineering, $51,334 for right of way and $2,160,319 for construction.

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.745000, -78.647500

What’s Next

Project plan approval - Spring 2016
Right of Way - Spring 2017
Construction advertisement - Fall 2019

Media and Public Information

Advertisement for Willingness to Hold Public Hearing
Comment deadline is September 14, 2015.

Ms. Jean Uhl, P.E.
Project Manager
Virginia Department of Transportation
811 Commerce Road
Staunton, VA  24401-9029

Benefits of Project

The new bridge will be able to support modern traffic without weight restrictions. The two-lane design will make the bridge more functional for the community.  Overall safety will increase with the construction of this new structure.

During Construction

During construction the bridge will be closed to traffic. Motorists should also be alert for lane closures and flagging operations.

Traffic Alerts

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 website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web

The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

State  0698-085-754,P101, R201, M501, B667
Federal  BR-085-8(065)
UPC  98954

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