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April 16, 2009


STAUNTON – At its April 16 meeting in Richmond, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved the location of the Bridgewater Bypass. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) conducted a location study for the Bridgewater Bypass. A public hearing concerning the study was held on January 16, 2008 at Turner Ashby High School.

The project is located generally east and north of Bridgewater. However the study area encompasses the towns of Bridgewater and Mount Crawford, as well as portions of Rockingham County. The purpose of the project is to provide an alternate route for traffic, especially truck traffic, so that it doesn’t have to pass through downtown Bridgewater. Such a route would:

    • Enhance connectivity between sections of Route 257 east of Bridgewater and sections of Route 257/42 north of Bridgewater, thereby improving mobility.
    • Divert through traffic from existing Routes 257, 42, and 1310.
    • Reduce conflicts between vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle travel on Dinkel Avenue, North Main Street, and Mount Crawford Avenue and reduce conflicts with turning movements.

The bypass will provide a new limited access four-lane divided highway with eight-foot wide shoulders and a 16-foot raised median. For pedestrians, bikes, and horse and buggy travel, a 14-foot multi use path, offset from the road is proposed on the west side of the bypass.

The CTB approved Candidate Built Alternative A (CBA A) as presented in the study. CBA A begins at Route 257 and Don Litten Parkway, following the alignment of Don Litten Parkway, and then proceeding in a northeasterly direction to cross Cooks Creek perpendicularly, then turning northwestward, crossing Route 704, skirting the edge of the Turner Ashby High School complex, and joining Route 257/42 in the vicinity of Herring Lane. The length of the corridor is approximately 2.3 miles.
The study contained two Candidate Build Alternatives along with a no-build alternative. A more detailed description of the alternatives can be found on VDOT'S Web site and in the Environmental Assessment. The project Web site can be found at this link:

The total estimated preliminary engineering and construction cost of Candidate Build Alternative A is $40.8 million. The construction estimate is based on an advertisement date in fiscal year 2015. The estimated right of way and relocation cost is $20.3 million based on fiscal year 2015. Currently there are no funds identified for right of way or construction.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

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