Under Construction: Shenandoah County – Route 698 (Orchard Drive) Mill Creek Bridge
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Route 698 (Orchard Drive) is closed for bridge replacement just west of Route 263 (Bryce Boulevard/Orkney Grade) in Mount Jackson. This closure is scheduled to remain in place through spring 2021.
Signs will direct motorists on the follow detour routes:
• Northbound drivers: Continue west on Route 263, then south on Route 614 (South Middle Road), then east on Route 764 (Walker Road) to Route 698.
• Southbound drivers: Turn west onto Route 764 (Walker Road), then north on Route 614 (South Middle Road), then east on Route 263 to Route 698.
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 VDOT Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton.
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Comment deadline was September 14, 2015.
This project will replace the Mill Creek Bridge on Route 698 (Orchard Drive) near the town of Mount Jackson in Shenandoah County. The existing single-lane bridge was built in 1932 and is nearing the end of its service life. It is currently posted for vehicles not to exceed 16 tons.
The new structure will have two 11-foot lanes with three-foot shoulders. It will be constructed in the same location as the current structure. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020 and should be complete in about one year.
During construction Route 698 is closed to traffic. A detour route is posted.
In 2012 Route 698 had an average daily traffic count of 750 vehicles per day. By the design year of 2030 the estimated average daily traffic volume is 781 vehicles per day.
The total estimated cost for this project is $3,015,303, including $500,000 for preliminary engineering, $35,789 for right of way and $2,479,514 for construction.
The new bridge will be able to support modern traffic without weight restrictions. The two-lane design will make the bridge more functional for the community. Overall safety will increase with the construction of this new structure.