Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Canal bridge replacement pushed back again
The demolition and replacement of the crumbling Rappahannock Canal bridge on Fall Hill Avenue was originally scheduled for January. Then it was pushed back to July. Then September.
Now it looks like the bridge demolition, and the corresponding closure of Fall Hill Avenue, will happen in February, about a year after the originally planned date. The road is scheduled to remain closed until Thanksgiving 2014.
During the closure of Fall Hill, traffic will have to use a 5.5-mile detour–U.S. 1 to Cowan Boulevard and then Carl D. Silver Parkway, from which traffic will be able to get back on Fall Hill.
According to a release from the city Department of Public Works, Fredericksburg officials and the contractor, American Infrastructure, decided it was best to have the closure run during the originally planned time frame, even though it’s a year later.
“That schedule was widely circulated and well received by the community and we still believe it provides the best option for the time of year period for the closure,” said public works Director Doug Fawcett in the release.
Check back online and in The Free Lance-Star for more details on the new project schedule.
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