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Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Ken.Slack@vdot.virginia.gov
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STA12-142

Oct. 15, 2012



CITIZEN INFORMATION MEETING SLATED FOR MORGAN FORD ROAD BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN WARREN COUNTY

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting concerning improvements to the Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) bridge over the Shenandoah River in Warren County.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m.,Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Front Royal, C. W. Turner Banquet Hall, 221 Commerce Avenue, 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 Mr. Ronald Tabor, Project Manager, 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

The low-water bridge over the Shenandoah River on Route 624 (Morgan Ford Road) is proposed to be replaced with a new two-lane bridge in the vicinity of Route 643 (Howellsville Road). This project in Warren County is located approximately 0.5 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 proposed new bridge will be a two-lane structure located at the existing location following the existing alignment. Approximately 460-feet long, the new bridge will be 22 to 24-feet wide.  The approaches on either side of the bridge will have two nine-foot lanes with six-foot shoulders where guardrail is needed (3 feet paved). Four-foot ditches will be provided where needed.  Retaining walls will be used on some portions of the project.

This project replaces an existing low-water and substandard narrow bridge over the Shenandoah River. The new bridge will be several feet higher than the existing structure and will provide a safer passage for traffic.  Water overtopping situations on the new bridge will be less than overtopping occurrences on the existing bridge.

In 2012 the traffic count on this portion of Route 624 was 1876 vehicles per day.  This number is projected to increase to 3005 in the year 2035.

The total estimated cost for this project is $7,336,103, including $694,004 for preliminary engineering, $679,369 for right of way and $5,962,730 for construction.

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

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