~ Press release issued by Virginia Department of Transportation on May 14
STAUNTON – During the week of May 18-22, 2020, a significant traffic-pattern change is scheduled to begin on Route 211 in Page County.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is replacing the westbound bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, between Route 615 (Egypt Bend Road) and Route 646 (Oak Leaf Road). Both directions of Route 211 will use the eastbound span during construction, which is expected to take about two years.
Crossover lanes will allow westbound Route 211 drivers to cross the median and use the eastbound bridge.
A barrier will separate eastbound and westbound traffic, which will be restricted to a single lane in each direction. The work zone speed limit will be 45 miles an hour. The crossover will be removed once the new westbound bridge is complete and opened to traffic.
The public boat ramp under the current westbound bridge has been relocated. A new access road off eastbound Route 211 leads motorists to a temporary boat ramp near the eastbound bridge. Boaters will only be able to travel upstream, away from the work zone.
The new Route 211 westbound bridge will have two 12-foot travel lanes, a 10-foot right shoulder and a 6-foot left shoulder. The new bridge will be about 200 feet shorter than the existing bridge to match the embankment length of the adjacent eastbound span. The new bridge will be 625 feet long and will be built in approximately the same location as the current bridge.
In November 2019, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded an $11.3 million contract to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia. Completion is scheduled for summer 2022. All work is weather permitting.
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The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.