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Feb. 10, 2010


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to the Cowpasture River Bridge on Route 633 (McKinney Hollow Road) in Alleghany County. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 4-7 p.m. at Sharon Elementary School located at 100 Sharon School Circle, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

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 meeting with the assistance of a court reporter.

This design project replaces the Cowpasture River Bridge on Route 633 in Alleghany County. The project is 0.32-mile long and is located about a half mile south of Route 634. It is adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest.

Route 633 is a narrow road consisting of two eight-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and narrow ditches. The road crosses a single-lane steel truss bridge over the Cowpasture River. The bridge is currently posted at 9-tons. The structure is deteriorating and has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. The truss bridge is approximately 15-feet wide.  

This truss bridge is eligible for the Register of National Historic Structures. It was built in 1900 and reconstructed in 1948. It is currently 109 years old. The bridge will be left in place next to the proposed bridge.

The proposed new bridge will be located 60-feet upstream from the existing bridge. The proposed bridge is about 340-feet long. The new bridge will have three spans and will feature steel girder and concrete deck construction. The bridge will have two 10-foot lanes with three foot shoulders on each side.

The average daily traffic in 2009 was 322 vehicles per day. In 2024 the average daily traffic volume is anticipated to increase to 347 vehicles per day.

This project is funded with a combination of state and federal funds. The estimated cost for preliminary engineering is $438,000, for right of way is $167,000, and for construction is $2,704,000. The total estimated project cost is $3,309,000.

Actions occurring after the public hearing include approval of design plans in early summer 2010. The right of way acquisition process will begin in early 2011. It is anticipated the project will be advertised for construction in the summer of 2013. Construction will begin in the fall of 2013 and will finish in the fall of 2015.

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

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