The Virginia Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on the proposed replacement of the two-lane bridge on Burkes Pond Road (Route 602) in the James Store area. The project will not impact the nearby dam, according to VDOT spokesperson Kelly Hannon.
Hannon said that VDOT is willing to hold a public hearing about the proposed bridge replacement if residents request one. To ask for a hearing, send a written request prior to March 15 to Sinan Rayyan, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, 87 Deacon Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405, or call 540-899-4288.
VDOT wants to replace the bridge because it is "structurally deficient and functionally obsolete," Hannon said. This means that VDOT considers that the 55-foot long bridge, which was built in 1940, does not meet modern bridge design standards and cannot adequately handle modern traffic flow.
Plans are to replace the existing bridge with a new, 60-foot long span. The travel lanes will be slightly wider with the addition of new shoulders. There is currently a seven-ton weight limit on the bridge, Hannon said.
As proposed, construction will begin in July 2014, with completion expected in December 2015. The bridge replacement is projected to cost $1.25 million.