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Sept. 10, 2014


STAUNTON – The South Fork Shenandoah River bridge project in Warren County will cause traffic shifts on Route 55 just north of the town of Front Royal. The changes will go into effect beginning Tuesday, September 16, weather permitting.


Eastbound and westbound traffic on Route 55 will shift one lane to the north near the intersection with Route 340/522. These changes will remain in effect for at least a year as contractors add lanes to Route 55 and construct a new intersection.


The current four-lane bridge crosses the river and the Norfolk Southern Railway just outside the Front Royal town limits. The new span will allow six lanes of vehicles as well as bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Just north of the bridge, the intersection of Route 340/522 and Route 55 will feature an innovative design called a “Quadrant Roadway Intersection” (QRI). Links to diagrams and traffic-flow simulations of the QRI can be found on “Projects and Studies” page of the VDOT website.


To maintain traffic throughout construction, the new bridge location will be slightly offset to the east, matching alignment with the North Fork Bridge that opened in 2008. There will be four lanes of traffic during all construction phases. Pedestrian access across the bridge will continue throughout the construction period.


The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $48.4 million construction contract to G.A. & F.C. Wagman of York, Pa., in October 2013. The contract requires the project to be completed by the end of 2017.


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


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