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CULP 2009-086

July 21, 2009



ROUTE 642 BRIDGE IN GREENE COUNTY TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK
One-day project will replace posted structure spanning South River on July 28


CULPEPER — The bridge that crosses the South River on Route 642 (Entry Run Road) in northwestern Greene County will be replaced on July 28. That work will require the bridge to be closed for the day.

A crew from the Virginia Department of Transportation will close the bridge at 6 a.m. and will reopen it that evening. The current bridge, which is just off Route 637 (South River Road), is a one-lane timber deck structure that is posted for a 14-ton weight limit. The weight limit was reduced from 23 tons in November, 2008 and created a concern that fire trucks and other heavy emergency vehicles could not cross the structure. The new bridge is a one-lane steel structure with a timber deck that will allow legal loads to cross.

VDOT will provide a shuttle service on both sides of the bridge for residents who live on Route 642 west of the bridge. Those residents should plan to have their personal vehicles moved across the bridge prior to 6 a.m. on July 28th. A parking area will be provided along Route 647 (McMullen Mill Road). While the bridge is closed VDOT will shuttle residents from the bridge to the parking area on Route 647. A temporary walking bridge will allow residents to cross the South River; a second shuttle west of the bridge will take them to their homes.

No public parking will be allowed at the bridge since materials and equipment, including a crane, will be moved to the site before work begins.


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