The Virginia Department of Transportation wants to rehabilitate an aging bridge on the Madison-Greene County line. Thursday night, the department is asking the public to come out and take a look at the preliminary plan.
The Route 230 bridge - also called the Wolftown-Hood Road bridge - runs over the Conway River and was built in 1939. Now VDOT says it's time to replace parts of the bridge and widen it.
According to VDOT, almost 3,000 drivers use Route 230 daily.
The preliminary plans include replacing the bridge's super structure on the top half and replacing the piers holding the bridge up. The plans also include widening of the bridge and improving its approach. The project would cost almost $4 million.
VDOT spokesperson Stacy Londrey says the plan isn't set in stone and they want to hear ideas from the public.
"Those comments are taken into account as we finalize the design, so if there is aspects that the public would like to see changed or additions made to the project that's the time to voice your opinion and have that incorporated," said Londrey.
Once the project moves forward there's a 15-month construction period. During that time, drivers will share one lane to cross the bridge, controlled by traffic signals at both ends of the bridge. Large trucks and tractor trailers are going to have to detour around Route 230 altogether.
The meeting will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Stanardsville.
Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation has postponed the public hearing on the proposed rehabilitation of the Route 230 (Wolftown-Hood Road) bridge over the Conway River, located at the Madison-Greene county line.
The meeting, which was to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at American Legion Post 128, 636 Madison Road, Stanardsville, will now be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the same location. The hearing was postponed due to the winter storm that is forecast to affect the area on Tuesday.
VDOT invites public input on the project, which would replace the existing bridge's superstructure and piers and widen its abutments, as well as improve the roadway approaches. The current bridge was built in 1939.
During construction, VDOT will maintain one 11-foot travel lane over the bridge. Traffic will be temporarily controlled with signals on both ends of the project. Large vehicles, including tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles, will be detoured around the project using Routes 29 (Seminole Trail) and 33 (Spotswood Trail).
The project's estimated cost is $3.83 million and is subject to change as the design is finalized. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 and will last 15 months.
According to a 2012 count, approximately 2,970 vehicles use Route 230 daily.
Project plans and environmental documents, as well as right of way and easement information, will be available for review at the public hearing, as well as at VDOT's Culpeper District Office located at 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, 540-829-7500 or 1-800-367-7623. Please call ahead to ensure that personnel are available to answer your questions.
VDOT staff will be available during the hearing to discuss the projects and answer questions. Written and oral comments will be taken at the hearing. Written comments can also be submitted by Dec. 26 to Howard Tomlinson, Project Manager, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701.
VDOT ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For additional information or assistance, contact VDOT's Culpeper District Office of Civil Rights, 1601 Orange Road, Culpeper, VA 22701; telephone 1-800-367-7623, TDD/TTY 800-307-4630 or 711.