Recently Completed: Bath County - Route 687 (Jackson River Turnpike) - Cascades Creek Bridge
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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
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.
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.