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Bath County - Route 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) - Cascades Creek Bridge

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction Contract Awarded January 27, 2017

Est Completion Date
September 2017

Contract Value $1,396,109.55

Lengths and Limits
Length is 0.1 mile, from 0.06 mile south of Cascades Creek to 0.04 north of Cascades Creek

Fairfield-Echols LLC, Fishersville, Va.



Wayne Nolde

Project Details

The purpose of this project is to replace the existing Route 687 Bridge over Cascades Creek.

The existing two-lane bridge was built around 1932 and is classified as “structurally deficient.” This does not mean that the structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced or it can no longer carry today’s heavier vehicle loads.

The existing bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure at same location as the existing structure.

The bridge is located in Bath County north of Covington and south west of Hot Springs on Route 687, which connects Falling Springs and Hot Springs. Route 687 is a two lane roadway with 11-foot lanes and minimal shoulders.

The existing bridge has a traffic count is 850 vehicles per day, and traffic is projected to be 976 vehicles per day in the year 2028.

The estimate for the project is $2.3 million with $930,000 for preliminary engineering, $290,000 for right-of-way and utilities, and $1.1 million for construction.  Construction is anticipated to begin 2017.

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 37.978333, -79.908889

Significant Dates

Design Plan Approval  Late 2015

Begin Right of Way Acquisition  Late 2015

Advertise for Construction  Fall 2016

Completed September 2017

Media and Public Events

Advertisement for Willingness to Hold Public Hearing
Comment deadline is August 4, 2015

Mr. Chris Colson, P.E.
Project Manager (at time of advertisement)
Virginia Department of Transportation
811 Commerce Road
Staunton, VA  24401-9029

Benefits of Project

This project replaces an existing substandard, structurally deficient bridge on a state route that serves county residents. If not replaced the existing bridge will continue to deteriorate and would eventually have to be closed to vehicular traffic.

During Construction

From March 2017 to September 2017, traffic was restricted to a single lane. A temporary signal controlled traffic using the bridge during construction.

Project Numbers

State  0687-008-713,P101, R201, M501, B619

Federal  BROS-008-8(012), BROS-008-8(013), BROS-008-8(014)

UPC 97113 

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