Saturday, June 2, 2012

VDOT to Replace Gleedsville Road Bridge

Beginning next Saturday, June 9, Gleedsville Road will close to thru traffic between Gap Road and Emerald Park Drive while the Virginia Department of Transportation replaces the 77-year-old bridge over Sycolin Creek.

Thru traffic will follow a posted detour (map):
  • Traffic heading north on Gleedsville Road will follow detour signs to Gap Road, Route 15, Emerald Park Drive and back to Gleedsville Road.
  • Traffic heading south on Gleedsville Road will use Emerald Park Drive to Route 15 to Gap Road to Gleedsville Road.

The new bridge will include two 11-foot lanes and two four-foot paved shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge and approaches will be raised about two feet to improve hydraulic performance at the stream crossing.

According to a VDOT press release, "to keep with the scenic surroundings, guardrails will be made of weathered steel and concrete bridge railings will be designed to allow a better view of the stream. The project cost is $3.5 million."

VDOT plans to re-open the road by Aug. 26, just prior to the start of the new school year.

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