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Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Oct. 17, 2013
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROUTE 340/522 SOUTH FORK BRIDGE SET TO BEGIN BY THE END OF THIS YEAR
Commonwealth Transportation Board Awards $48 Million Contract
South Fork bridge on Route 340/522 near Front Royal
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is about to begin work to replace the Route 340/522 bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Warren County. The project also includes construction of an innovative new intersection at nearby Route 55.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $48.4 million construction contract to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. Work on the project is expected to start by the end of this year, and be complete in late 2017.
The existing South Fork bridge, just outside the Front Royal town limits, was built in 1941. The 1,900-foot structure also crosses the Norfolk Southern Railway, and is one of the longest bridges in Virginia.
This project will replace the deteriorating four-lane South Fork bridge and address severe traffic congestion along the Route 340/522 corridor. The new bridge will allow six lanes of vehicles and will accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Improved signs, markings and longer turn-lanes are included. A new left-turn lane will be built at 18th Street in Front Royal.
High traffic projections at the Route 340/522 intersection with Route 55 require that non-traditional intersection treatments be considered. The new intersection just north of the bridge will feature an innovative design called a “Quadrant Roadway Intersection” (QRI). Links to diagrams and traffic-flow simulations of the QRI can be found on “Projects and Studies” page of the VDOT website.
In order to maintain traffic throughout construction, the new bridge location will be slightly offset to the east, matching alignment with the North Fork Bridge that opened in 2008. There will be four lanes of traffic during all construction phases. Pedestrian access across the bridge will continue throughout the construction period.
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