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Jan. 21, 2014


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation has postponed Wednesday’s public hearing concerning the proposed replacement of the Route 638 (Natural Well Road) bridge over the Jackson River in Alleghany County. This decision was made because of inclement weather.


The public hearing is now scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, 115 Spring Church Road, Hot Springs, Va. 24445. The church is located in Alleghany County near the former Falling Spring Elementary School. For meeting notification updates, please refer to VDOT’s Staunton District Projects and Studies page at


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 Keith Harrop, 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.

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing bridge on Route 638 (Natural Well Road) over the Jackson River. The existing bridge, built in 1913, is a single-lane structure 14 feet wide. The condition of the existing bridge qualifies the structure as a candidate for federal funds for replacement.

The new bridge will have 24 feet of roadway, including three feet of shoulder on each side. Including the railings, the overall width of the structure will be roughly 26 feet.

In 2010 the average daily traffic count on Route 638 was 212 vehicles per day. Predictions for the year 2036 are 313 vehicles per day.

The total cost of this project is estimated at $3,127,520, which includes $435,381 for preliminary engineering, $71,927 for right of way acquisition and $2,620,212 for construction. Right-of-way activities are expected to start in fall 2015, and construction is scheduled for spring 2017. More details on these proposed improvements can be found on the “Projects and Studies” portion of the VDOT web page.

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

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at For other assistance call the VDOT Customer Service Center, available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week. Citizens can dial 1-800-FOR- ROAD (1-800-367-7623) from anywhere in the state to report road hazards, ask transportation questions, or get information related to Virginia’s roads.


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