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April 14, 2015


STAUNTON - The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing concerning improvements to Route 723 (Carpers Valley Road) Opequon Creek Bridge in Frederick County.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Clarke County Offices, 101 Chalmers Court, Suite B, Berryville, VA 22611. 

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 Ms. Jean Uhl, 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 Route 723 Opequon Creek bridge and approaches. The current single-lane bridge was built in 1918 and has reached the end of its service life.

The bridge will be replaced by a new two-lane structure with a roadway clear width of 28 feet and an overall structure width of 30 feet 4 inches. The length and alignment of the new structure will remain similar to the existing 87-foot long bridge.

This project enhances safety on Route 723 by replacing a deteriorating bridge structure with a new bridge that is able to support modern traffic both in volume and vehicle weights.

Currently Route 723 has an average daily traffic count of 1040 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2028 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 1060 vehicles per day. 

The total estimated cost for this project is $1,763,470, including $385,000 for preliminary engineering, $44,757 for right of way and $1,333,713 for construction.  Construction is scheduled for 2017.

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

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