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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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STA10-001

Jan. 5, 2010



VDOT SLATES CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETING FOR MORGAN FORD ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting concerning improvements to Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) in Warren County.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the North Warren Fire Department, 89 Rockland Road, Front Royal, VA  22630.

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 Jeff Lineberry, P.E., VDOT Luray Residency, P.O. Box 308, Luray, VA  22835-0308. Oral comments can be recorded at the meeting with the assistance of a court reporter

The Route 624 low-water bridge over the Shenandoah River will be replaced with a new two-lane bridge in the vicinity of Route 643 (Howellsville Road). This project in Warren County is located approximately 0.3 mile north of Route 643.

The existing multi-span bridge is a single lane structure built in 1925, which is 321-feet long with a single 11-foot wide lane.

The new bridge will be a two-lane structure located approximately 50 to 100 feet down-stream of the existing bridge.  Approximately 600-feet long, the new bridge will be 32-feet wide.  The approaches on either side of the bridge will have two 12-foot lanes with six-foot shoulders.  Four-foot ditches will be provided where needed.  The new bridge will be several feet higher than the existing structure.

In 2005 the traffic count on this portion of Route 624 was 1100 vehicles per day.  This number is projected to increase to 1761 in the year 2028.

Construction of the project will consist of one of four options:

Option 1: On Route 624 south of the bridge the road will be built on new alignment following the general curve alignment of the current Route 624.  The new bridge will be built just east (downstream) of the existing bridge structure.  On the north side of the new bridge, Route 624 will be built on a new alignment and transition to the existing Route 624 several hundred feet from the river bank. During construction the existing bridge will stay open to accommodate traffic in the area.  The total estimated project cost is $7,315,117 with $684,940 for preliminary engineering, $700,645 for right of way activities, and $5,929,532 for construction.

Option 2: On Route 624 south of the bridge the road will be built on new alignment, eliminating the sharp curve. The new bridge will be built just east (downstream) of the existing bridge structure.  On the north side of the new bridge Route 624 will be built on a new alignment and transition to existing Route 624 several hundred feet from the river bank. During construction the existing bridge will stay open to accommodate traffic in the area. The total estimated project cost is $7,258,680 with $677,383 for preliminary engineering, $700,645 for right of way activities, and $5,880,652 for construction.

Option 3: On Route 624 south of the bridge the road will be built on new alignment, eliminating the sharp curve.  The new bridge will be built on the site of the existing bridge. The existing road and bridge will be closed during construction and motorists will have to detour around the area. The approximate length of the detour is 15 miles.  The total estimated project cost is $7,122,539 with $658,916 for preliminary engineering, $700,645 for right of way activities, and $5,762,978 for construction.

Option 4:  No build

Following the citizen information meeting a public hearing will be held in early to mid 2011. Location and design approval is anticipated by fall 2011. Right of way activities are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011 with construction starting in the spring of 2014.  This proposed schedule depends on future funding.

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

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