Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Aug. 22, 2014
ROUTE 637 ROAD CLOSURE WILL RE-ROUTE TRAFFIC
Additional signage provided for visitors to/from community, as well as airport and golf course
LYNCHBURG — Beginning on or around September 22, 2014, motorists who use the Route 637 (South Airport Road) bridge over Dry Creek in Cumberland County will face delays as the road is closed to through traffic for replacement of this structure.
The bridge, which was built in 1965and carries over 200 vehicles per day, is being replaced because it is functionally obsolete and fracture critical. By definition, a functionally obsolete bridge is one that by design is no longer adequate for its task. Such a bridge may be safe and structurally sound, but may not be able to appropriately accommodate the traffic to which it is subject. The bridge is also fracture critical due to components used in the substructure that require performance of a yearly safety inspection. The existing condition of the bridge could eventually result in a lower posting for the structure and higher maintenance costs. The new concrete structure will be un-posted, require far less maintenance and safety inspections every two years.
The closure is expected to last until mid-December 2014 and a detour will be in place. Signage will recommend that motorists use Route 635 North (Pleasant Valley Road) to Route 668 West (North Airport Road) and back to Route 637. Because this route is used by many out-of-town visitors, some additional signage has been recommended at several intersections.
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