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Warren County – Route 340 Gooney Creek Bridge

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Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Construction contract awarded in December 2013

Est Completion Date
Fall 2015

Construction contract $12.7 million

Lengths and Limits
0.985-mile long From: .585 mile To:.022 mile south of Route 605 (Poor House Road)

Kanawha Stone Company of Nitro, W.Va.



Robert Good, P.E.

Project Details

The proposed project is located on Route 340 from 0.655 mile south of Route 605 (Poor House Road) to 0.330 mile north of Route 605 (Poor House Road). Route 340 through this area consists of two 12-foot lanes with narrow shoulders and narrow ditches. The 24-foot wide bridge that crosses Gooney Creek is at the bottom of steep grades to both the north and south. The bridge is a deteriorated, functionally obsolete structure. Functionally obsolete means a structure is designed with older design features that may not meet current geometrics, or traffic needs. This designation has no connection to condition rating, but is based on functionality. The bridge has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.    

The project includes replacing the current bridge and approaches at Gooney Creek with a new two-lane structure and approaches.

While the overall purpose of the project is to replace the bridge, the approaches to the bridge will be improved to meet a 60 mile-per-hour design speed. The existing roadway in this section only meets a 30 mile-per-hour design speed based on current standards.  

The width of the roadway will also be improved to meet current standards.  The proposed road will have 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders, eight feet of which will be paved. Also, rumble strips will be installed along the edge of the travel lanes to provide a separation between vehicular traffic and bicycles. The wider, paved shoulders provide for correction space for errant vehicles and a safe space for disabled vehicles to pull off. The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

Two lanes of traffic will be maintained throughout the duration of the project with the possible exception of occasional flagging operations. Access to all private residences and businesses will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

A portion of the project lies within the Flint Run Archeological District. Impacts to the archeological district, or other cultural resources, are addressed in the NEPA document.

In 2008 the traffic counts at this location were 6,513 vehicles per day. This figure is expected to increase to 9,700 vehicles per day in the year 2036.

The total cost for this project is estimated to be $13,304,925, which includes $1,204,023 for preliminary engineering, $1,194,000 for right of way and $10,906,902 for construction.

What’s Next

Construction started in early 2014. Completion is expected in fall 2015.

Media and Public Events

Design Public Hearing
Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 4 - 7 p.m.
Skyline High School
151 Skyline Vista Drive
Front Royal, Virginia 22630


Citizen information meeting  
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 4 to 7 p.m.
Skyline High School located at 151 Skyline Vista Drive
Front Royal, Va. 22630

Benefits of Project

This project replaces the current Gooney Creek Bridge which is deteriorating and not designed to meet modern traffic needs.  The new bridge and approaches will be safer and wider and be able to support the 55 mile per hour speed limit.

The wider paved shoulders will provide more correction space for errant vehicles and a safe place for disabled vehicles to pull off.

During Construction

Two-lane traffic will be maintained throughout the project duration with occasional flagging operations, generally on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Access to all private residences and businesses will be maintained during construction.

Traffic Alerts

Route 340 (Stonewall Jackson Highway) – Lane shifts on both sides of new bridge over Gooney Creek. Shoulder closures and occasional lane closures as needed. Work zone from 0.67 miles south of Route 605 to 0.35 miles north of Route 605. Estimated completion October 2015

Route 605 (Poor House Road) is now open. 

Traffic alerts can also be found on the VDOT website under Travel Center, Travel advisories and lane closures. Click on the area of the state you are interested in, and view current travel advisories and lane closures. Click here to go to the Staunton District Travel Center page:  Staunton District


Real-time traffic information is available on the VDOT website and also by calling 511 on your landline or wireless phone.  Click here to go to 511:  Virginia 511 Web

Project Numbers

State Project: 0340-093-126, P101, R201, C501, B608
Federal Project: BR-093-8(017) (for P101)
UPC:  76467

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