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July 24, 2013


Crews make final preparations for pouring concrete at the Nelson Street bridge in Lexington.

STAUNTON – Construction of the new Route 60 (Nelson Street) bridge over Varner Lane in Lexington is about to enter a new phase, as the Virginia Department of Transportation projects an on-time completion date of December 2013.

Contractors reached a milestone in early July when they installed six rows of steel girders to support the new bridge deck and roadbed for Nelson Street. Crews plan to begin pouring concrete for the decking over the next few weeks.

When the structure is finished, it will have more than 700 cubic yards of reinforced concrete. The retaining wall at the east approach to the bridge was built with mechanically stabilized earth (MSE), which improves drainage and extends the life of the new bridge. The existing retaining wall at the western approach was modified and used in the new bridge, which reduces construction impact to adjacent buildings.

Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville is performing the work, which will include sidewalks and wider shoulders on both sides of the bridge. The new span replaces one that was built in 1938.

The Nelson Street bridge is in the vicinity of the Lexington Historic District. A stone wall that pre-dates the original bridge has been preserved, and will enhance pedestrian access between Nelson Street and Varner Lane. Crews have minimized waste from the demolition of the 1938 bridge by recycling steel girders, and re-using stone and rubble as backfill around portions of the new bridge.

Nelson Street and Varner Lane have both been closed during the construction project. VDOT worked with the city of Lexington to develop a series of detours for drivers and pedestrians.

The total estimated cost of this project is $3,850,193 which includes $562,957 for preliminary engineering, $54,860 for right of way and $3,232,376 for construction.

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