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Nov. 10, 2010


STAUNTON – The South River Bridge on Route 971 (Lipscomb Road) in Augusta County will be closed for bridge work. This closure is expected to begin on Nov. 17 and will last until Jan. 14, 2011.  This bridge work will replace the bridge superstructure.

A bridge superstructure includes a bridge deck, handrails, curbs, floor system and other structural members or bridge parts that rest on a bridge’s piers or bearings.

The South River Bridge is located .50 miles north of Route 624 (Lyndhurst Road). Route 971 is located between Route 624 and Route 970 (Hall School Road), northeast of Stuarts Draft.

The detour is as follows:

Motorists wishing to access Route 971 south of the bridge should take Route 634 (Patton Farm Road) to Route 634 (China Clay Road) heading south to Route 624 heading east to Route 971. Detour signs will be posted at all intersections.

Motorists wishing to access Route 971 north of the bridge should take Route 970 (Hall School Road) heading east to Route 971. Detour signs will be posted at all intersections.

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