Michelle Earl 276-696-3283
April 9, 2015
Slant Foot Bridge to be removed in coming weeks
Salvageable material will be saved while efforts to find replacement funds continue
BRISTOL— In the coming weeks, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will begin the process of removing the Slant Foot Bridge in Scott County, which was heavily damaged during flooding in February.
“The flood damaged and moved the bridge’s foundation,” Gary Lester, P.E., VDOT Bristol Bridge Engineer, said. “The bridge is unsafe in its current condition. In order to make the needed foundation repairs we must remove the other damaged portions of the bridge first.”
All salvageable materials from the foot bridge will be stored at a local VDOT area headquarters. Should funds be secured for replacing the bridge, those salvageable materials will be reused to cut costs.
VDOT is reviewing multiple revenue sources to see what funds are available for replacement of the foot bridge.
“We understand the desire to have the foot bridge replaced and are working with the county to review what’s possible, but we also have an obligation to prioritize how VDOT’s funding is used so we serve as many citizens as possible,” Randy Hamilton, P.E., VDOT Bristol District Engineer, said.
Replacing the foot bridge could cost between $150,000 - $200,000, depending on the amount of material that can be salvaged.
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