Lou Hatter 434-529-6314
Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201
March 20, 2012
CONTRACTOR TO START WORK ON SPERRYVILLE BRIDGE
Mobilization begins March 26, three-month closure expected in early May
CULPEPER — Work will begin next week on a major rehabilitation of the Thornton River bridge on Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) in Sperryville. The work will require closing the bridge to traffic later this spring while the deck is replaced.
On March 26 the project will get under way with the contractor mobilizing equipment and beginning to do site work around the bridge. In early May the bridge will be closed. Cars and small trucks will be detoured around the bridge on Route 1001 (Main Street) or Route 1002 (Water Street) through Sperryville. Route 1001 and Route 1002 will remain open to vehicles; Route 522 will be closed from its intersection with Route 1002 to Route 211 (Lee Highway).
Large trucks and other commercial vehicles will be detoured onto alternate routes that avoid Sperryville. Signs advising of the alternate truck routes will be posted on Route 522 and Route 211 approximately one month before the closure. The message boards will be located well before the approach to Sperryville to give drivers of large vehicles ample notice of the need to use an alternate route.
The bridge is expected to be closed for three months while the superstructure is removed, the abutments are rehabilitated and a new superstructure constructed. The new bridge will be similar in appearance to the current structure, with a concrete deck and a steel truss superstructure. The pavement will be 28 feet wide to meet current design standards. The pavement on the approaches to the bridge will be widened to match the wider bridge deck.
The current bridge was built in 1929, is deteriorating and does not meet current design standards. Approximately 3,590 vehicles per day use the bridge.
The construction contract for the project was awarded to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises, Inc., of Charlottesville, which had a low bid of $1,019,880.85. The contract has a fixed completion date of Aug. 27.
More information about the exact date of the closure will be provided as the contractor’s operations progress.
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