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April 1, 2010


STAUNTON – On March 25, Virginia Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Gregory A. Whirley approved two contracts for the VDOT Staunton District. The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

In Augusta, County General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton was awarded a $949,562.25 contract to replace the existing bridge on Route 42 (Warm Springs Pike), built in 1908, over a tributary to Mossy Creek. The existing bridge has deteriorated and needs to be replaced for safety reasons.  The existing roadway in this area has severe curves and also a skewed intersection with Route 809.  The project will realign the Route 809 intersection and improve the curves in this area.

Besides improving the road alignment the project will improve shoulders and drainage. Route 42 will have two 12-foot travel lanes with eight-foot shoulders that will include four feet of paved shoulder.

The project is located on Route 42 from 0.6-mile to 0.9-mile south of the Rockingham County line.  This portion of Route 42 is located between a National Historic Registered house and its spring house. The new alignment will help straighten Route 42 by relocating the road north of the spring house.

During construction property owners and residents will have access to their entrances. However, a detour will be in place on Route 42 for both northbound and southbound traffic. The detour will use Route 646 (Fadley Road) and Route 699 (Centerville Road). The detour is anticipated to increase the travel time through this area from four to seven minutes. Travelers should anticipate the detour to last up to ten weeks.

A public hearing was held on May 15, 2008. Design plans were approved by Mohammad Mirshahi, P.E. acting for Chief Engineer Malcolm T. Kerley, P.E. on August 20, 2008.

Completion for this project is scheduled for July 20, 2011.

The estimated cost of this project is $1,671,191, which includes $285,649 for preliminary engineering, $101,363 for right of way acquisition and utility relocation and $1,284,179 for construction.

A districtwide paving contract for the Staunton District was also approved on March 25.  A contract valued at $589,793.59 for plant mix was awarded to B & S Contracting Inc. of Staunton. Plant mix is a preventative maintenance paving application which is used on roads with high traffic volumes.

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