Franklin Road Bridge replacement to cost $15 million - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Franklin Road Bridge replacement to cost $15 million

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Roanoke City operates and maintains more than 100 bridges.

City engineers says the the Franklin Road Bridge is in need of major  infrastructure update.

 The bridge was built in 1936 and has corrosion issues.

"It is a better investment in public funds to replace the structure and get us another 75 or 80 years of service rather than squeak another 5 years out," city engineer Phil Schirmer says.

City Council members heard results from a study on the bridge which shows 8-9,000 cars travel on the bridge a day and 11-12,000 cars are expected in the future.

Construction could take 18 to 24 months.

The alternatives to repairs would be construction in two stages, which would be more costly, but keep a portion open. Another proposal is to build a new bridge on a new alignment. The third option is build a new bridge on the existing alignment by detouring traffic and is lower the cost.

The design phase is expected to start in fall of 2015 and construction in 2016.

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