Warren County – South Fork Bridge Replacement – Route 340/522
Project at a Glance
Est Completion Date
Construction Contract: $48.4 million
Lengths and Limits
0.73-mile long From - 0.105-mile south of the intersection with 18th Street To - 0.115-mile north of the intersection with Route 55
G.A. & F.C. Wagman of York, Pa.
Robert Good, P.E.
The Route 340/522 South Fork Bridge project will replace the existing bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. Additionally, the project will reconfigure the intersection of Route 340/522 and Route 55. Along with the bridge, the project will reconstruct approximately 5,600 feet of roadway along Route 340/522 and Route 55.
Located on the northern outskirts of the Town of Front Royal, the project is on Route 340 from 0.11-mile south of the intersection with 18th Street to 0.12-mile north of the intersection with Route 55. Work along Route 55 will extend approximately 0.33 miles west of Route 340.
The South Fork Bridge, built in 1941, consists of 12 spans made up of steel-beams and steel deck trusses with a concrete deck. The current bridge contains four 10-foot wide travel lanes with two lanes in each direction. This structure has surpassed its 50-year design life-span. Three-axle vehicles weighing more than 27 tons and five-axle vehicles weighing more than 38 tons are prohibited from using the bridge due to the bridge’s deteriorated condition. This situation hinders truck commerce in the area. Signs informing motorists of this weight limit are posted in the bridge area.
The purpose of the project is to replace the deteriorating South Fork Bridge and to address the severe traffic congestion in the bridge corridor. The project will also accommodate bicycle and pedestrian traffic and improve corridor safety.
The new 1,910-foot bridge will have six lanes and feature bike and pedestrian facilities. Improved signs, markings and longer turn-lanes are included. A new left-turn lane will be built at 18th Street in Front Royal.
A primary goal of this project is to significantly reduce congestion in the area and enhance safety. High traffic projections at the Route 340/522 intersection with Route 55 require that non-traditional intersection treatments be considered. The intersection will feature an innovative design called a “Quadrant Roadway Intersection (QRI)”. A traffic simulation model of the QRI was presented at the public hearing.
The total estimated cost for this project is $72.2 million with $4.9 million for preliminary engineering, $6.3 million for right of way activities, and $61.0 million for construction. The construction estimate includes costs for the bridge construction and all roadway/intersection improvements.
This project’s design complies with Virginia’s Stormwater Management Act, erosion and sediment control regulations and VDOT’s approved stormwater management program. During construction, every reasonable effort will be made to protect the environment with respect to dust and erosion control, and access to all properties will be maintained.
Potential impacts to the flood plains will be evaluated and addressed on this project. During construction canoe passage will be assured with a temporary portage.
Construction begins December 2013
Media and Public Events
Citizen Information Meeting: January 27, 2010
Meeting time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A. S. Rhodes Elementary
224 W. Strasburg Rd.
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Public Hearing: August 3, 2010
Meeting time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department
221 North Commerce Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
Benefits of Project
The project will replace the existing deteriorating bridge, which does not effectively serve modern traffic and vehicle weights. The new wider bridge will help ease traffic congestion in the corridor and will have bicycle and pedestrian facilities. These features will improve multi-modal user safety. The longer turning lanes and the new left-turn lane at 18th Street will increase overall safety in the area. Improvements made at the Route 55 intersection will enhance safety and reduce energy consumption by significantly enhancing traffic flow in the area and reducing traffic backups.
Design plans were approved by VDOT Chief Engineer Malcolm T. Kerley, P.E. on October 14, 2010.
In order to maintain traffic during construction, the new bridge location will be slightly offset to the east, matching alignment with the new North Fork Bridge. There will be four lanes of traffic during all construction phases. Pedestrian traffic access across the bridge will continue throughout the construction period.
Route 55 (north of Front Royal) – Eastbound and westbound lane shifts near the intersection with Route 340/522 from Fall 2014 through at least Summer 2015.
Route 340/522 from Duck Street to 17th Street – Possible lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and nightly lane closures from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday. Additional lane shift and closure of center turn lane from the south end of the bridge to just past 17th Street and closure of 18th Street to through traffic. Through traffic will detour onto North Royal Avenue and 17th Street. These changes will be in effect through summer 2015.
Current traffic alerts can 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
State Project: 0340-093-127,P101, R201, C501, B609
Federal Project: BR-093-8(016)