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STA14-263

Dec. 19, 2014



VDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING FOR MORGAN FORD ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT

STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing 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, February 4, 2015 at the North Warren Fire Department located at 89 Rockland Road, Front Royal, VA 22630. In case of inclement weather the alternate date is Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 4 to 7 p.m. at the same location.

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. Ron 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). The project is 0.38 mile long and extends from 0.02-mile south of Route 643 to 0.36-mile north of Route 643.

At the existing bridge site there are easements with the Virginia Outdoor Foundation (VOF) on the north side and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) property on the south side. Morgan Ford Boat Landing is on the southeastern side of the existing bridge.

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 new bridge will be a two-lane structure located at the existing location following the existing alignment. Approximately 480-feet long, the new bridge will have a 22-foot wide travel way. The approaches on either side of the bridge will have two 11-foot lanes with variable one to three-foot shoulders on each side. Four-foot ditches will be provided where needed.

There are no bicycle or pedestrian accommodations on the existing or new 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 $9,713,152, including $1,176,677 for preliminary engineering, $675,189 for right of way and $7,861,286 for construction.

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 511Virginia.org. 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 www.VirginiaDOT.org.

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