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Jan. 11, 2011

VDOT Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Event

STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation hosted a ribbon cutting event on January 11 to celebrate the completion of the Route 820 (Bergton Road) project in Rockingham County. The event was held on Route 820 in Bergton.

Making remarks at the event were Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Rockingham County Board of Supervisors Chairman Pablo Cuevas and VDOT Staunton District Administrator Randy Kiser, P.E.

The contract, valued at $3.7 million, was awarded March 17, 2010 to Perry Engineering Company Inc. of Winchester. This project stabilizes the failing embankment along the southern side of the road.  It also improves roadway layout and provides shoulders and ditches, making the road safer and enhancing drainage performance

This 0.824-mile long project on Route 820 is located from 1.13-miles to 0.306-mile west of Route 259 in the Bergton area of Rockingham County.

The unimproved roadway had many sharp curves and substandard shoulders with no ditch. Also, on this portion of Route 820, there is a steep rock slope on north side of the road and on the south side of the road there is a 50 to 75-foot embankment leading to the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  The embankment was beginning to show signs of failure.

The project widened the existing two 10-foot lanes to two 11-foot lanes with four-foot graded shoulders.  Three rows of soil nails spaced three-feet apart were installed and embedded into the bedrock to help stabilize the embankment.  Soil nails are long metal rods, commonly used for stabilizing large and steep slopes.

The original project fixed end date was November 30, 2010.  The project was not completed within this timeframe due to slope stability issues arising from a severe local rainfall event.  The project completion date was extended to December 31, 2010 to provide the contractor time to complete repair work and address the slope stability issues.  The project was accepted by VDOT on December 29, 2010.

The final estimated construction cost is approximately $4 million. This project is funded with a combination of state, federal and revenue sharing funds from Rockingham County.  

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


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