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Warren County – South Fork Bridge Replacement – Route 340/522

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Project at a Glance
Begin Date
December 2013

Est Completion Date
Late 2017

Construction contract: $48.4 million

Lengths and Limits
0.73-mile long From - 0.105-mile south of the intersection with 18th Street To - 0.115-mile north of the intersection with Route 55

G.A. & F.C. Wagman, York, Pennsylvania



Robert Good, P.E.


The Route 340 / 522 South Fork Bridge project replaced the existing bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.

Additionally, the project reconfigured the intersection of Route 340 / 522 and Route 55.

Along with the bridge, the project reconstructed approximately 5,600 feet of roadway along Route 340/522 and Route 55.

Located on the northern outskirts of the town of Front Royal, the project is on Route 340, from 0.11-mile south of the intersection with 18th Street to 0.12-mile north of the intersection with Route 55.

Work along Route 55 will extend approximately 0.33 miles west of Route 340.

The purpose of the project was to replace the deteriorating South Fork Bridge and to address the severe traffic congestion in the bridge corridor.

The project also accommodates bicycle and pedestrian traffic and improves corridor safety.

The new 1,910-foot bridge will has six lanes and features bike and pedestrian facilities.

Improved signs, markings and longer turn-lanes are included. A new left-turn lane was built at 18th Street in Front Royal.

A primary goal of this project was to significantly reduce congestion in the area and enhance safety.

High traffic projections at the Route 340/522 intersection with Route 55 required that non-traditional intersection treatments be considered.

The new intersection features an innovative design called a “Quadrant Roadway Intersection (QRI)”.

The total estimated cost for this project was $72.2 million, with $4.9 million for preliminary engineering, $6.3 million for right of way activities, and $61 million for construction.

The construction estimate includes costs for the bridge and all roadway / intersection improvements.

This project’s design complies with Virginia’s Stormwater Management Act, erosion and sediment control regulations and the Virginia Department of Transportation's approved stormwater management program.

During construction, every reasonable effort was made to protect the environment with respect to dust and erosion control. Access to all properties was maintained.

Potential impacts to the flood plains was evaluated and addressed.

Project Location (latitude, longitude): 38.941944, -78.199722


Design plans approved by VDOT Chief Engineer Malcolm T. Kerley, P.E., Oct. 14, 2010.

Construction began December 2013, completed December 2017.


Citizen Information Meeting: Sept. 28, 2017  
Meeting time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Warren County Government Center
220 North Commerce Ave.
Front Royal, Virginia, 22630.

Citizen Information Meeting: Sept. 29, 2017  
Meeting time: 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
A. S. Rhodes Elementary
224 West Strasburg Road
Front Royal, Virginia  22630

Public Hearing: Aug. 3, 2010
Meeting time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department
221 N. Commerce Ave.
Front Royal, Virginia, 22630

Citizen Information Meeting: Jan. 27, 2010 
Meeting time:  4 - 7 p.m.
A. S. Rhodes Elementary
224 W. Strasburg Road
Front Royal, Virginia  22630


The project replaced the existing deteriorating bridge, which did not effectively serve modern traffic and vehicle weights.


The new, wider bridge helps ease traffic congestion in the corridor and has bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

These features improve multi-modal user safety.

The longer turning lanes and the new left-turn lane at 18th Street increase overall safety in the area.

Improvements at the Route 55 intersection enhance safety and reduce energy consumption by significantly enhancing traffic flow and reducing backups.

Project Numbers

State Project: 0340-093-127,P101, R201, C501, B609
Federal Project: BR-093-8(016)
UPC:  76469

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