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VDOT plans repair of I-64 bridges in Rockbridge County

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Bridges in I-64 in Rockbridge County are scheduled to be repaired this summer. Bridges in I-64 in Rockbridge County are scheduled to be repaired this summer.
VDOT will repair both the deck and steel supports on both bridges. VDOT will repair both the deck and steel supports on both bridges.


ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY (WSLS) - Built in the 1970’s, almost 50 years have passed by the Maury River bridges. V-DOT officials say they've seen better days.

Deteriorating, the two Delta Y-style bridges have needed work for years. Unfixed, the condition of the bridge would eventually close the road off to truckers. The need was so dire, the project was awarded almost 13 million dollars by the U.S. department of transportation , the only grant of its kind awarded in the state of Virginia.

In two years time, both bridges will have their decks and steel frame work reconstructed along with new supports.

In the meantime, the detour is going to be tricky.

Construction of phase one of the project has begun. The median between the two bridges is grated down for the detour  Once that is complete, Sandy Myers with VDOT says West bound lanes will be shut down.

"That's when we will be rehabbing one side of the road. Then will be directing traffic to the other side. So the green line that you see on the map(see picture) that is going to be the detour that we will use this summer. That will be there for a year,” Myers said.

While it may take some getting used to for the ten thousand drivers who cross those bridges everyday --bridge engineer Rex Pearce says that it's the most cost effective way.

"Our daily traffic count shows that it can easily accommodate that. Once the transition is put in place and the public gets used to that, the new transition will go smoothly."

 But in the meantime VDOT is asking drivers to be aware of the traffic pattern changes and be patient while important work that will insure the public’s safety is being done.

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY (WSLS) - The Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County are being renovated to repair the bridges' structural steel frames.

The work is being done thanks to an $11.9 million federal grant under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. The grant program aims to protect critical transportation infrastructure and boost regional economies.

VDOT says I-64 is vital to freight traffic, providing the only interstate connection between Hampton Roads ports and the western Virginia markets and the United States. The department also says the two existing bridges are structurally deficient and have a general condition rating of 4 on a scale of 9.

The rating of 4 is considered "poor," but VDOT points out it does not mean that a structure is in danger of imminent failure, but that its condition has deteriorated to a point where it should be replaced.

VDOT says the bridges have steel fatigue cracks along with deck, joint and abutment problems plus slope erosion. The bridges are currently inspected twice a year rather than undergoing the normal two-year inspection cycle.

Traffic patterns in the area are expected to change in the coming months. Left shoulder and lane closures will occur between mile marker 51.4 to 55.2 eastbound and mile marker 56.7 to 53.6 westbound from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.  The project's estimated completion is Oct. 6, 2016.

VDOT says the project will allow the bridges to remain open in the coming years and extend their life-cycle by 50 years. Over $20 million is saved on this project due to rehabilitation of the bridges rather than replacing them.

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