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.
This project will rehabilitate the two bridges by repairing the structural steel frames, and replacing the deck, reconstructing abutments and providing slope work protection.
This project has earned $15.5 million in federal grants under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The grant program aims to protect critical transportation infrastructure while connecting communities and fostering growth in the regional economy. I-64 is vital to freight traffic, providing the only interstate connection between Hampton Roads ports and the western Virginia markets and the United States.
To view the TIGER Grant announcement from Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dm1YowUBGw
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.
Construction began in spring 2014. The project has three construction phases.
Phase 1 will complete the grading and paving of the crossovers and installation of signs.
Phase 2 will have the eastbound bridge closed for rehabilitation work. All traffic will be switched to the westbound bridge during the summer of 2014.
Phase 3 will have the westbound bridge closed for rehabilitation work. All traffic will be switched to the eastbound bridge in late 2015.
Media and Public Events
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 4-6 p.m.
“Pardon Our Dust” Citizen Information Meeting
Rockbridge High School
143 Greenhouse Road
Lexington, VA 24450
Traffic pattern changes beginning October 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 traffic will use the westbound bridge. During construction of the westbound bridge, both directions of 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.
October 10, 2014 through Fall 2016
On the afternoon of Friday, October 10 upon completion of the barrier installation and related work, the eastbound bridge will be closed and all eastbound and westbound traffic will use the westbound bridge using a single lane in each direction. The closure of the eastbound bridge will be done with a slow-roll lane closure operation in the eastbound lanes with the assistance of the Virginia State Police.
- Eastbound traffic will taper into a single lane and access the westbound lanes using the median crossover on the west side of the bridge. After crossing the bridge eastbound drivers will proceed to the median crossover on the east side of the bridge to return to the I-64 eastbound mainline.
- Westbound traffic will be limited to a single lane from mile marker 55.3 to 53.3.
This traffic pattern will remain in effect for about a year, and then all traffic will be switched to the eastbound bridge while the westbound bridge begins rehabilitation in late 2015. That traffic pattern will also last approximately one year.
Two-way traffic on the bridge will be separated by a steel barrier, and the speed limit will be 55 miles per hour in the work zone area.
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)