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Alleghany County – Route 696 (Selma-Low Moor Road) Karnes Creek Bridge

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Advertise for Construction - Summer 2019

$2.8 million

Lengths and Limits
Length: 0.07 miles; from intersection of Route 616 to 0.08-mile west of Route 616



James Johnston


The purpose of this project is to replace the existing Karnes Creek bridges on Route 696 (Selma-Low Moor Road) and Route 1308 (Garland Road) with a single structure on Route 696.

Replacement of the Route 1308 bridge will require relocation of part of the roadway and development of a new intersection with Route 696. The existing Route 1308 bridge will be removed.

This proposed project is located approximately 0.05-mile west of Route 616 in Alleghany County, approximately 0.3-mile southeast of Interstate 64 (Exit 21).

Route 696 is a major collector road serving the communities of Selma, Low Moor and Rich Patch.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Cultural Resource Division has worked with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to ensure the project will have no adverse affect on the potential Low Moor Historic District in the area.

The Route 696 bridge, built around 1900, is a concrete structure 65 feet long and 26 feet wide. The roadway approaches are about 19 feet wide.

The two-lane bridge is posted for loads no greater than 15 tons. Its condition qualifies the structure as a candidate for federal funds for replacement.

The Route 1308 bridge was constructed in 1970 with steel beams and timber decking. The two-lane bridge is about 61 feet long and 19 feet 8 inches wide.

The roadway on either side of the bridge is about 14 feet wide, with significant hills and curves.

The new bridge on Route 696 would be 65 feet long and 40 feet wide, with two 11-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders.

The roadway approaches will more closely meet current design standards. Relocating a portion of Route 1308 to a new intersection with Route 696 will eliminate the need for the current bridge on Route 1308.

There are no special accommodations on this project for bicycles and pedestrians.

Route 696 has an average traffic count of 2,100 vehicles a day. The projected traffic volume is 3,087 vehicles a day in the year 2041.

Route 1308 has an average traffic count of 31 vehicles a day, with a projected traffic volume of 46 vehicles a day in the year 2041.

The total estimated cost for the project is $2,789,401, which includes $625,202 for preliminary engineering, $380,541 for right of way and $1,783,658 for construction.


Design plan approval – Summer 2017
Right of way acquisition – Fall 2017
Advertise for construction - Summer 2019

Media and Public Events

Design public hearing
Thursday, March 30, 2017
4 - 6 p.m.
Board room
Alleghany County Administration Building
9212 Winterberry Ave.
Covington, Virginia 24426

Project Benefits

This project replaces two existing substandard bridges on state-maintained roadways that serve residential areas, local business and industry.

If not replaced, the existing bridges will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicles.

During Construction

One lane of traffic on Route 696 and Route 1308 will be maintained at all times. A temporary traffic signal will be used as required, and all traffic plans will be developed with input from the VDOT Lexington Residency. Pavement markings and signs will guide motorists through the staged traffic pattern.

All private entrances will be maintained during construction. There are no commercial entrances within the project area.


When construction begins, traffic alerts can be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures.

Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures.

Staunton District travel center page.

Real-time traffic information is available on the website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.

Virginia 511 Web

The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

State: 0696-003-637,P101, R201, M501, B635
Federal: BR-003-8(139)
UPC: 98957

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 37.789167, -79.884167

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