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VDOT seeks input for proposed detour on two Caroline roads

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Update: At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board recommended the alternative option — closing one lane of each of the two bridges at a time, instead of closing the bridges completely, causing a 20-mile and 4.8-mile detour. 


Representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation will ask for input from the Caroline Board of Supervisors on two county roads Tuesday night.

VDOT is proposing a 20-mile-detour for Route 606 (Stonewall Jackson Road) while improvements are done to the bridge over the Poni River.

The detour would last seven months.

The alternative proposed is to complete work on the bridge while a single lane of traffic remains open, but it would increase the time frame for completion to 14 months, instead of seven months.

The bridge will undergo a superstructure replacement. It currently has a rating of 65.4 out of 100 on VDOT’s scale, which makes it “structurally deficient” and is eligible for federal superstructure replacement funds, according to a memo in the Board’s packet.

There are 1,200 average daily trips, with 7 percent truck traffic, affording to the memo.

The proposed detour passes north of the project location. It consists of segments on Route 639 (Macedonia Road), Route 668 (Summit Crossing Road), Route 608 (Massaponax Church Road), U.s. 1, and Route 606 (Mudd Tavern Road). The route was selected to better suit tractor trailers and vehhilces towing larger trailers.

The plan is set to be advertised Dec. 8, 2015  and the detour would be May-Dec. 2016.

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The second project VDOT is seeking input and support for is Route 722 (Nelson HIll Road) while improvements are completed on the bridge over the Mattaponi River.

That detour would be 4.8 miles long and it would be for seven months.

The alternative would be closing one lane at a time while the work is being done, but the time frame would then be double, at 14 months.

The bridge is considered structurally deficient and is eligible for federal superstructure replacement funds.

The traffic count for the bridge is 840 average daily trips with 5 percent truck traffic and was done in 2008. The proposed detour consists of a segment along Route 207. It also will be advertised Dec. 8, 2015 and the detour would be May 2016 to Dec. 2016.

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