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Rockingham County – Route 720 (Smithland Road) Bridge over Interstate 81

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Advertise for Construction - Fall 2020

Estimated at $10.2 million

Lengths and Limits
0.5-mile long From 0.2-mile south of I-81 To: 0.3-mile north of I-81



Ronald Tabor

Project Details

This project is located on Route 720 (Smithland Road) in Rockingham County. The bridge over Interstate 81 will be replaced with a new structure. The current bridge was built in 1960 and is nearing the end of its service life.

The proposed bridge will be constructed approximately 30 feet to the west of the existing bridge and will be 5.5-feet higher. The project includes realigning the bridge approaches.

The new bridge will have two through lanes and one turn lane. A five-foot wide sidewalk will be located on the west side of the project.

Additionally, the intersections of Route 720 (Smithland Road) and Route 718 (Old Furnace Road) will be improved to make Route 720 the through street.  Dedicated turn lanes will also be constructed on Route 720. 

In 2011 Route 720 had an average daily traffic count of 4,100 vehicles per day.  By the design year of 2039 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 6,610 vehicles per day.

The total estimated cost for this project is $10,220,470, including $926,359 for preliminary engineering, $582,256 for right of way and $8,711,855 for construction.

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.452778, -78.834722

What’s Next

Project plan approval - Summer 2015
Right of Way - Fall 2015
Construction advertisement - Fall 2020

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 4-6 p.m.
VDOT Harrisonburg Residency Office
3536 North Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Benefits of Project

This project enhances safety on Route 720 by replacing a deteriorating bridge structure with a new bridge that is able to support modern traffic both in volume and vehicle weights. The height of the new bridge increases vehicle clearance for I-81 traffic.  Changes at the Route 720 intersection with Route 718 will improve traffic flow and provide better sight distance for drivers.

During Construction

Motorists should be alert for lane closures and flagging operations. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained on Route 720 during construction. During bridge construction I-81 closures may be necessary to set beams.  Any closures would be conducted at night to minimize the impact to traffic.

Traffic Alerts

Once construction begins, traffic alerts will 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 website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web

The VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.

Project Numbers

State:  0720-082-751,P101, R201, C501, B684
Federal:  BR-5115(151), BR-5115(152), BR-5115(153)
UPC:  97112

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