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Rockbridge County – I-64 Bridges over Maury River

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
CTB Awarded on January 15, 2014

Est Completion Date
Summer 2017

Contract Value is $12.9 million

Lengths and Limits
0.16-mile long From: Mile marker 53.5 To: Mile marker 55.5

Orders Construction Company, Inc. of St. Albans, WV



Wayne Nolde, PE

Project Details

The old Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County were designed in 1969 and 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:

Each bridge is 845-feet long and 43-feet wide.  Roadway width is 39 feet.

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

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

During construction of the eastbound bridge, both directions of traffic used the westbound bridge.  During construction of the westbound bridge, both directions of traffic used the eastbound bridge.  Crossovers were built in the median to switch traffic. The speed limit was 55 miles-per-hour at this location. Both bridges reopened to traffic in May 2017.

Project Numbers

State  0064-081-753,P101, B655, B654
Federal  BR-BR08 (305)
UPC  98287
Project Location (latitude, longitude): 37.814444, -79.440000

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