Recently Completed: Shenandoah County – Route 698 (Orchard Drive) Mill Creek Bridge
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The new Route 698 (Orchard Drive) bridge over Mill Creek opened to traffic November 24, 2020.
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Comment deadline was September 14, 2015.
This project replaced the Mill Creek Bridge on Route 698 (Orchard Drive) near the town of Mount Jackson in Shenandoah County. The old single-lane bridge was built in 1932 and was near the end of its service life. At the time of its replacement, the old bridge was posted for vehicles not to exceed 16 tons.
The new structure has two 11-foot lanes with three-foot shoulders. It was constructed in the same location as the old structure. Construction began in spring 2020; and the new bridge opened to traffic late November 2020.
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 is able to support modern traffic without weight restrictions. The two-lane design makes the bridge more functional for the community. Overall safety is increased with the construction of this new structure.