LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
Aug. 23, 2011
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO BEGIN ON ROUTE 17
New structure to be built over Fox Mill Run in Gloucester
FREDERICKSBURG—This fall, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will start work to replace a functionally obsolete bridge over Fox Mill Run on southbound Route 17 Business (Main Street) in Gloucester County.
Construction of a new bridge is expected to take approximately 12 months. When complete, the new bridge will meet modern bridge design standards set by state and federal agencies. The bridge will have wider travel lanes and shoulders to accommodate the projected growth in traffic volumes for Gloucester over the next quarter-century.
The public is invited to attend a citizen information meeting on the project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the Gloucester County Public Library, 6929 Main Street, Gloucester.
VDOT officials will be available at the meeting to share the project plans and lane closure information, and answer individual questions.
To build a replacement bridge, both southbound lanes of Route 17 Business must be closed to traffic at Fox Mill Run for 12 months.
Northbound and southbound traffic on Route 17 Business will narrow to one lane in each direction at Fox Mill Run, with both lanes crossing on the northbound bridge. Route 17 Business will narrow to one lane in each direction around 500 feet north of Fox Mill Run, and will return to two lanes for each direction approximately 600 feet south of Fox Mill Run.
Replacement of the bridge is estimated to cost $4 million, with 80 percent of the cost funded through federal funds, and 20 percent with state funds.
Construction is expected to begin in mid-to-late October.
The project has undergone an environmental review process. A public hearing on the project was held in 2005, and a previous citizen information meeting was held in May 2010.
All entrances and exits to the Main Street Center will be open during the 12 months of construction work.
Previously completed signal timing upgrades at the intersection of Route 3, Route 14 and Route 17 in Gloucester will assist vehicles navigate this work zone. Additionally, a restriction on through truck traffic on this portion of Route 17 Business is in place.
Approximately 19,000 vehicles a day travel over the southbound Route 17 Business (Main Street) bridge over Fox Mill Run, according to a 2008 VDOT traffic count. By 2032, VDOT projects an average of 38,000 vehicles a day will cross the bridge.
The existing bridge over Fox Mill Run was built in 1917. It has a posted weight limit of 27 tons for single-unit trucks, and 40 tons for tractor-trailers.
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