Rockbridge County – I-64 Bridges over Maury River
Project at a Glance
CTB Awarded on January 15, 2014
Est Completion Date
Contract Value is $12.9 million
Lengths and Limits
0.16-mile long From: 3.64 to Route 60 To: 1.81 to Route 11
Orders Construction Company, Inc. of St. Albans, WV
Wayne Nolde, PE
The Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County were designed in 1969 in built in 1976. These two bridges carry eastbound and westbound traffic on I-64 in the Lexington area. The bridges have a steel frame support and are called delta frame bridges. This is due to the shape of the structural steel support frame, which is an inverted triangle or Greek letter delta.
Each bridge is 845-feet long and 43-feet wide. Roadway width is 39 feet.
The existing bridges are structurally deficient with a general condition rating of 4 on a scale of 9. Structurally deficient means the condition of any part of the structure has reached a condition rating of 4, meaning “poor”. 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 bridges have steel fatigue cracks along with deck, joint and abutment problems plus slope erosion. The bridges are currently inspected twice a year rather than undergoing the normal two-year inspection cycle.
The project will rehabilitate the two bridges by repairing the structural steel frames, and replacing the deck, reconstructing abutments and providing slope work protection.
Traffic pattern changes in spring/summer 2014
Benefits of Project
Completion of this rehabilitation project will allow the bridges to remain open in the coming years and extend their life-cycle by 50 years. Over $20 million is saved on this project due to rehabilitation of the bridges rather than replacing them.
VDOT’s Staunton District bridge section facilitated the efforts of the Virginia Center for Transportation, Innovation and Research, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and the design consultant Whitman, Requardt & Associates to develop the plans for this unique rehabilitation project and a subsequent savings.
I-64 is a critical freight transportation artery and is an important rail corridor. It links extensive terminal facilities in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas to the rest of Virginia and the nation. It provides the only interstate access to the port of Virginia, which includes three separate major port facilities in the Hampton Roads area. The presence of CSX rail lines increases I-64’s importance as a major freight corridor, as it provides access to numerous warehousing and distribution operations along its length.
The I-64 East/West corridor has been identified as a corridor of statewide significance in the Virginia Long-Range Multimodal Transportation Plan and is part of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) national network and the National Highway System (NHS).
During construction of the eastbound bridge, both directions of eastbound and westbound traffic will use the westbound bridge. During construction of the westbound bridge, both directions of eastbound and westbound traffic will use the eastbound bridge. Crossovers will be placed in the median to switch traffic. The speed limit will be 55 miles-per-hour at this location. Each bridge closure will last approximately 12 months.
Left lane and shoulder closures for the Maury River bridges rehabilitation project between mile markers 51.4 and 55.2, westbound. April 13-19,
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Estimated completion is October 2016.
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
The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.
State 0064-081-753,P101, B655, B654
Federal BR-BR08 (305)