Under Construction: Augusta County - Route 703 (Hewitt Road) Bridge Replacement
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The road is closed to traffic during construction of the new bridge. The length of the posted detour is 5 miles. Access to all private residences will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.
When this project is under construction, traffic alerts will be posted here and 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. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page: Staunton District
Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT 511Virginia.org website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone. Click here to go to 511: Virginia 511 Web
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Comment deadline is March 1, 2019
Route 703 (Hewitt Road) consists of two 8-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and ditches. The road crosses a deteriorating bridge that was built in 1930 and has reached the end of its lifespan. The driving surface of the single-lane bridge has an approximate width of 14 feet 9 inches. The bridge crosses over Eidson Creek and passes directly underneath a railroad bridge. The location is about 0.2 mile west of Route 708 (Eidson Creek Road) in Augusta County.
The new bridge will be built to meet the minimum requirements using AASHTO Very-Low-Volume guidelines. The proposed single-lane bridge has a driving surface of 15 feet 9 inches wide. It will be built in the same location but on a slightly different angle to improve the sight distance. Minimum roadway improvements will be done to the bridge approaches.
In 2014, Route 703 had an average traffic count of 280 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2023, the estimated average traffic volume is 290 vehicles per day.
This project replaces a deteriorating bridge that has reached the end of its service life. If not replaced, the existing bridge will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicular traffic. A prolonged closure of the existing structure would inconvenience local residents with a 5-mile-long detour route.
Project plan approval: Spring 2019
Right of Way Acquisition: Summer 2019
Construction advertisement: Late 2020
Start of Construction: Spring 2021