Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Aug. 14, 2009
PORTION OF ROUTE 128 IN LYNCHBURG REMAINS CLOSED
Westbound Candlers Mountain Road traffic may wish to use alternate routes
LYNCHBURG – Motorists may find travel difficult on Route 128 West (Candlers Mountain Road) in the coming weeks. Only one lane of the bridge over the Norfolk-Southern Rail line remains open to traffic currently and it will be reduced to an eleven-foot width for repairs.
On Thursday, August 13, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) closed the outside/travel lane of the bridge after an approximately two-foot section of concrete deck fell onto railroad property below. An initial inspection was conducted and additional areas of concern were noted requiring immediate closure. A more extensive inspection followed and a plan was developed to address the most pressing needs.
“The safety of the traveling public is our first priority,” said Lynchburg District Administrator Robert H. Cary, P.E., L.S., “and we will reopen the structure when it is determined that urgent concerns have been fully addressed. We recognize the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate the patience of motorists.”
VDOT is working with Norfolk-Southern Rail and Amtrak to expedite insurance and other approvals needed to conduct maintenance operations and to identify the availability of track time. Burleigh Construction of Concord, VA will perform the repairs.
Messages boards are being used to alert motorists to the change in traffic pattern and advising of possible congestion. Alternate routes are available. Traffic from Route 460 West into Lynchburg from Route 29 and Bedford should use Route 29 Business (Wards Road). Route 460 East/Route 501 South traffic into the area should either use Route 501 Business (Campbell Avenue) to the Lynchburg Expressway or Wards Road.
The bridge was built in 1958 and reconstructed in 1976. It is 264 feet in length and 28 feet wide and carries two lanes of traffic. The structure serves the area around Liberty University, Candlers Station, River Ridge Mall, as well as numerous restaurants, shopping areas, hotels and manufacturers.
For up-to-date traffic information, please call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org.
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