Heidi Underwood 540-387-5493


July 8, 2010


SALEM—The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting to discuss proposed plans to replace two bridges in the Wirtz area of Franklin County.   

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Burnt Chimney Elementary School, 80 Burnt Chimney Road, Wirtz, VA 24184.  

One of the proposed projects includes replacing the Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) bridge over Gills Creek.  The bridge is located near the Route 122 intersection with Route 116.  The new bridge will be 44 feet wide, 18 feet wider than the existing bridge.  Design details are still being finalized.  During construction, one lane of Route 122 will remain open at all times and traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal.  

The second proposed project includes replacing the Route 687 (Alean Road) bridge over Maggodee Creek.  The existing one-lane bridge was built in 1929 and was closed in June 2005 due to deterioration of the bridge.  The new bridge will be a one-lane, three-span truss and steel beam bridge.  The bridge will be replaced in its existing location.  The new bridge will be designed and constructed to match the historic nature of the Clements Mill (Piedmont Mill) Rural Historic District.

Written comments about the projects may be submitted at the meeting or until Saturday, July 24, 2010 by mail to Mr. Richard L. Caywood, P.E., Virginia Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 3071, Salem, VA 24153.  E-mail comments can be sent to  Please reference “Route 122 bridge comments” or “Route 687 bridge comments” in the subject heading.   

Anyone requiring special assistance to attend and participate in this meeting may contact VDOT’s Civil Rights Division at 540-387-5320 or TTY/TDD 711.


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