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July 31, 2009


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to Route 1421 (West Springbrook Road) in the Town of Broadway. A Design public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Broadway High School, located at 269 Gobbler Drive, Broadway, VA 22815.

Citizens can come in during the meeting hours and discuss the project on a one-on-one basis with VDOT officials and designers. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting or within 10 days after the meeting date to Mr. Garrett W. Moore, P.E. Virginia Department of Transportation, 811 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA 24401-9029. Oral comments can be recorded at the hearing with the assistance of a court reporter.

This project will construct a new bridge on West Springbrook Road over Linville Creek and will also preserve the existing bridge, which will feature a shared bike and pedestrian path. The existing structure is a single-span Thacher through truss bridge and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Registry.

The new bridge will be a parallel structure on a shifted alignment. The proposed bridge will be 32-foot wide and have over 29 feet of clear width. A road and shoulder design will be used from the beginning of the project to the western end of the bridge. Curb and gutter will extend from the western end of the bridge to Route 42. A 10-foot paved shared use path for pedestrians and bicyclist will be provided along the south side of the project separated at lease 5 feet from the roadway. This shared use path will lead up to the existing bridge which will be turned into a pedestrian bridge after it is closed to traffic.

The current bridge was built in 1898 and is in overall poor condition. The current sufficiency rating for the existing bridge is 14 on a scale of 0 to 100. The sufficiency ratings developed by the Federal Highway Administration serve as a prioritization tool to allocate funds. The rating varies from 0 percent (poor) to 100 percent (very good). The rating considers adequacy, whether the bridge is functionally obsolete and the level of service provided to the public.

In 2008 this bridge carried approximately 900 vehicles a day and currently has a 4-ton capacity. This number is anticipated to increase to 1,700 vehicles per day by the design year of 2023.

Two-way traffic will be maintained during construction of the project. Traffic detours will be required during the construction of the approaches and temporary lane closures may be necessary.

Signalization, flagging operations and/or pilot vehicles will be used to maintain traffic. During construction, traffic and access to all adjoining properties will be maintained and every reasonable effort will be made to protect the environment from dust, silt and erosion.
The total cost for this project is estimated to be $4.58 million, which includes $457,629 for the engineering of bridge and roadway plans, $835,782 for right of way activities and $3,278,184 for construction.

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


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