Thursday, June 25, 2009

19 Bridges in Loudoun County Need Work, but Only Two Will Get Stimulus Money

According to a published report in the Loudoun Times-Mirror, Loudoun County will receive about $1.5 million in federal funding for the Sand Branch bridge on Route 609 (Pleasant Valley Road) near Round Hill and the Butchers Creek bridge on Route 719 (Airmont Road) in southern Loudoun near the Prince William County line.

Although the state has identified 19 bridges in Loudoun as needing care, these are the only two that will receive federal stimulus funding.

"State bridge inspectors, he said, rank each bridge's condition on a 9 to 0 scale, with 9 being excellent and 0 being a failed bridge. The two Loudoun bridges getting federal funding received a 4 – a poor ranking -- from state inspectors.

"The lowest ranking given to a bridge in Loudoun was a 3, or serious. This ranking was applied to the bridge near the Bull Run Post Office Road at the southern tip of Loudoun, and another off Loyalty Road near Taylorstown in the Lovettsville area."

Photo courtesy of the Loudoun Times-Mirror.

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