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Lexington City - East Nelson Street (Route 60) Varner Lane Bridge Project

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Awarded on January 8, 2013

Cost
Contract value is $2,352,486.49

Lengths and Limits
0.09-mile long; Bridge and Approaches over Varner Lane

Contractor
Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville, Va.

Locality
Lexington

District
Staunton

Contact
Wayne F. Nolde, P.E., CCM
540-332-9047

Project Details

This project will replace the existing bridge over Varner Lane located on East Nelson Street (Route 60) in the City of Lexington. The route is functionally classified as an Urban Minor Arterial road. The existing bridge, built in 1938, has two lanes with a sidewalk on the south side of the structure.  The existing bridge is 40-feet wide and 287-feet long.

The bridge is classified as structurally deficient. Structurally deficient means the condition of any part of the structure has reached a poor condition rating. This designation does not mean that a structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced. The structure is currently posted with signs warning motorists that loads should not to exceed 19 and 26 tons.

The existing bridge will be replaced with a new, two-lane structure in approximately the same location as the existing structure. The new bridge is 46.3-feet wide and 213-feet long and will align with the approaches.  The new bridge has two 16.5-foot wide travel lanes, and 5.5-foot wide sidewalks on both sides with curb and gutter.

The average daily traffic count is 6,846 vehicles per day. The number is projected to increase to 10,100 vehicles per day in 2034.

This bridge is located in the vicinity of the Lexington Historical District.

There are no are no industries, schools, or commercial interest that will be taken by this project. One business will have access under the bridge closed during construction.

The bridge will be closed during construction and traffic will be temporarily detoured to Washington Street for approximately 18 months. Varner Lane through traffic under the bridge will also be closed during construction.

Additional right of way anticipated needs for the project are only for temporary construction easements.

The total estimated cost of this project is $4,097,625 which includes $455,358 for preliminary engineering, $368,172 for right of way and $3,274,095 for construction.

Approval of design plans is anticipated for winter 2011.  Right of way activities are scheduled to begin in spring 2011 with construction beginning in spring 2012.

This project’s design complies with Virginia’s Stormwater Management Act, erosion and sediment control regulations and VDOT’s approved stormwater management program.  During construction, every reasonable effort will be made to protect the environment with respect to dust and erosion control, and access to all properties will be maintained.

What’s Next

Location and Design plan approval:  Winter 2011
Right of way activities:  Spring 2011
Advertisement for construction:  Spring 2012

Media and Public Events

Location and Design Public Hearing

Date Changed due to weather.  No hearing on January 11, 2011
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - cancel due to weather
Rockbridge County Administration Building
150 South Main Street
Lexington, VA  24450

 

Alternative Inclement Weather Date:  Tuesday, January 18, 2011

4p.m. - 7 p.m.
Rockbridge County Administration Building
150 South Main Street
Lexington, VA  24450

Benefits of Project

The new bridge replaces a structurally deficient structure. This designation does not mean that the old structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced, and/or it can no longer carry today’s heavier truck loads.  The old bridge has signs posted to prevent travel by heavier vehicles.

During Construction

Motorists should be aware of lane closures and flagging operations.

The bridge will be closed during construction and traffic will be temporarily detoured to Washington Street for approximately 18 months. Varner Lane through traffic under the bridge will also be closed during construction.

VDOT Traffic Alerts

Traffic alerts can also 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. 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

City of Lexington - Traffic Alerts

City of Lexington Parking Map::

City of Lexington Parking Map

 

City of Lexington Parking Press Release:

City of Lexington Parking Press Release

 

Project Numbers

State Project: 0060-117-157,P101, R201, M501, B602
Federal Project: STP-5117(111)
UPC:  85354

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