Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
Dec. 30, 2013
REPLACEMENT OF ROUTE 340/522 SOUTH FORK BRIDGE BEGINS
Drivers Advised to be Alert for Possible Lane Closures
STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation has started construction of a new bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River along Route 340/522 in Warren County. The four-year project also includes a redesigned intersection at nearby Route 55.
Beginning in January, there will be the potential for lane closures on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and weeknights from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. These closures will take place on Route 340/522 between Duck Street and 17th Street in the town of Front Royal. Drivers should allow more time for their daily commute, and use caution while traveling through the work zone.
Contractors from G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. will be installing construction signs and erosion-control fencing and relocating utilities. Much of the work in the project’s early phases will take place near the base of the existing bridge, including construction of the first pier to support the replacement bridge. Crews also plan to start earth-moving near the intersection of Route 55. All work is weather permitting.
The current four-lane bridge crosses the river and the Norfolk Southern Railway just outside the Front Royal town limits. The new span will allow six lanes of vehicles as well as bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Just north of the bridge, the intersection of Route 340/522 and Route 55 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.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $48.4 million construction contract in October. The contract requires the project to be completed by the end of 2017.
The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.
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