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July 10, 2015


STAUNTON – A newly constructed bridge on Route 340 (Stonewall Jackson Highway) over Gooney Creek in Warren County is scheduled to open to traffic on Monday, July 13, weather permitting. Northbound and southbound drivers need to be alert for travel-lane shifts as they approach the bridge, which is about five miles south of the town of Front Royal.


In addition, Route 605 (Poor House Road) at the intersection of Route 340 is scheduled to reopen during the week of July 13-17, 2015. This intersection just north of the bridge has been closed since April 2015 due to construction activities, and Route 605 traffic has been following a posted detour route.


The changes on Route 340 and Route 605 are part of a Virginia Department of Transportation project to replace the Gooney Creek bridge on Route 340 and make safety improvements to the approaches. Road and shoulder work continues in this area. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Route 340 with the exception of daytime flagging operations as needed. Access to all private homes and businesses will be maintained throughout the project.


On Dec. 4, 2013 the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $12.7 million contract to Kanawha Stone Company of Nitro, W.Va. Construction began in early 2014, and the project is targeted for completion in October 2015. All work is weather permitting.


The current 24-foot-wide bridge was originally built in 1936 and no longer meets current design standards. The new bridge and roadway will have two 12-foot travel lanes and 10-foot shoulders. A rumble strip will separate vehicle and bicycle traffic. In addition, the project will improve the steep approaches to the north and south of the bridge.


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


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