Sandy Myers 540-332-9201
540-292-2500 (cell)
Ken Slack 540-332-9264
540-414-5670 (cell)

July 17, 2014


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning a bridge replacement project on Route 663 (Artz Road) Bridge in Shenandoah County.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at the Shenandoah County Government Center Board Room, 600 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA  22664.

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. Mohamed Ali, P.E., 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

This project replaces the low-water bridge on Route 663 (Artz Road) over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  The existing bridge was built in 1922 and has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced, and it can no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads.  This project is approximately 0.2-mile long and is located approximately a half mile east from the Route 663 intersection with Route 11.

The current structure is 293-feet long and 16-feet wide consisting of concrete slabs with no railing.  The proposed new bridge is 300-feet long and 19-feet wide with a clear width of 16-feet, eight-inches.  The new bridge will have a single lane travel lane using pre-stressed slabs with a 20-inch low profile railing.

The proposed bridge will be built downstream from the existing structure with a minimum approach work. The grade will be slightly raised to reduce the frequency of overtopping during high-water events.

The estimate for the project is $2.5 million with $400,000 for preliminary engineering $110,000 for right-of-way and utilities, and $2 million for construction. 

In 2012 Route 663 had an average daily traffic count of 174 vehicles per day.  By the design year of 2026 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 200 vehicles per day.

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.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. RSS feeds are also available for statewide information. The VDOT Web page is located at


Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: July 17, 2014