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Jan. 12, 2012


STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation is continuing its efforts to replace the Route 727 (Airport Road) bridge in Rockingham County.  Design plans presented at the Sept. 8, 2011 public hearing have been approved.  Advertisement for construction of the new bridge has been advanced from fall 2015 to fall 2012 with actual construction beginning in spring 2013.  Completion of the new bridge is scheduled for fall 2013.

A separate contract, valued at $133,068, has been awarded to Lanford Brothers Inc. of Roanoke to remove the existing truss bridge. In January and February crews will be at the bridge site to construct a gravel pad that will support a crane to remove the truss structure. During this period the bridge deck and the entire existing bridge structure will be removed.  Guardrail will be placed prior to the truss bridge removal to prevent access and ensuring the safety of the traveling public.

During the spring of 2012 right of way work will begin and will conclude by September 2012.

Route 727 remains closed at the bridge site following a vehicle crash that impacted the bridge.  This crash occurred in late October 2011.  The road will stay closed until the new bridge is complete.

The total estimated cost for this project is $4,206,741 which includes $725,569 for preliminary engineering, $309,581 for right of way and $3,171,591 for construction.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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