Businesses express concern over Fox Mill Run bridge work

BY BILL NACHMAN - Posted on Aug 31, 2011 - 03:44 PM

Photo: The Virginia Department of Transportation held a public information meeting Aug. 25 to explain plans for a bridge to replace the southbound bridge over Fox Mill Run near the Gloucester Library. Shown at the meeting in the library meeting room are, from left, George Rhodes, Rodgers Brown, VDOT representative David Steele, and Warren Haskell. Photo by Bill Nachman.

The Virginia Department of Transportation held a public information meeting Aug. 25 to explain plans for a bridge to replace the southbound bridge over Fox Mill Run near the Gloucester Library. Shown at the meeting in the library meeting room are, from left, George Rhodes, Rodgers Brown, VDOT representative David Steele, and Warren Haskell. Photo by Bill Nachman.

A handful of Gloucester residents spoke out last Thursday night against the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans to replace the southbound bridge over Fox Mill Run at Main Street in Gloucester, beginning next month. The construction project will take almost a year to complete, with the contract award to be announced soon.

During a VDOT information meeting at the Gloucester Library in Main Street Center, located only yards from where the proposed construction project will take place, VDOT area project administrator David Steele said the bridge replacement project will cost approximately $4 million. Improvements are planned to replace the existing structure to improve public safety, he said, as that two-lane bridge is functionally obsolete.

As planned, VDOT expects that construction will begin on the bridge replacement project in October, said Steve Waldron, construction engineer for the Saluda Residency. The project is to be completed by late September 2012, he said.

While the bridge is being replaced, Waldron said all traffic through that corridor will use the northbound Fox Mill bridge for part of the time. That bridge was upgraded several years ago, Steele said, but the first phase of the southbound bridge project will involve fixing the shoulders at the northbound bridge and replacing guardrails there.