ACCOMACK COUNTY – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a virtual design public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 beginning at 5:30 p.m, for the replacement of the Occohannock Bridge located on Route 178 (Shields Bridge Road) in Accomack County. The purpose of the meeting is to give members of the public an opportunity to learn more about the project plans and voice their opinions to a VDOT representative.
The meeting, hosted by VDOT’s project engineers, will be held virtually using live streaming conference technology. Members of the public are invited to participate in the session directly from the project page located at VDOT's website at www.VirginiaDOT.org/Route178BridgeReplacement. In addition to viewing the presentation online, participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and share comments using an online chat tool. Alternatively, attendees who are unable to connect virtually may call in during the virtual design public hearing to listen and provide verbal comments using their phone by dialing 1-415-655-0001, with meeting code 126 160 8170 and passcode 0178#.
Project materials and diagrams are posted online in advance of the live virtual public hearing for review. The live session will be recorded, and shared on the project page following the session for those who are unable to attend.
The project includes replacement of the bridge over Occohannock Creek and approach roadway tie-in work on either side. The current proposed bridge design adds more than 9-inches of additional clearance than the existing bridge and previous construction plans. The project also includes installation of sheet pile walls adjacent to Occohannock Creek in order to contain approach fill material. Guardrail is also proposed on all bridge approaches and departures.
To learn more about the details of the project, including review of the project brochure, typical cross-sections for the bridge and approaching roadway, and proposed traffic detour maps, visit www.VirginiaDOT.org/Route178BridgeReplacement. .
Comments from the public regarding the proposed project may be submitted during the live presentation, afterwards using an online form, or via email to Nancy.Marshall@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Please reference “Route 178 Bridge Project Comment” in the subject line. Written comments may also be submitted by mail addressed to Nancy Marshall, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 7511 Burbage Drive, Suffolk, VA 23435.
All comments must be received on or before December 20, 2020, or within 10 days following the meeting.
Should the live session be rescheduled due to equipment or other unforeseen issues, the design public hearing will be held on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. If rescheduled, phone attendees should call 1-415-655-0001, with meeting code 126 517 4079 and passcode 0178# to access this meeting.
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