HARRISONBURG — A contract valued at $2.2 million has been awarded to Fairfield-Echols LLC, of Fishersville, for construction of the bridge spanning Va. 727, also known as Airport Road, in Rockingham County near Bridgewater, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced today.
The bridge has been closed since Nov. 1, 2011 after it was damaged by an overweight vehicle that struck the bridge. Construction is set to begin this month and finish by the end of 2013.
The company will construct a new bridge and realign Airport Road where it crosses the North River. Airport Road provides access to Dynamic Aviation, a company based at the Bridgewater airport.
The old bridge, which was removed about a year ago, was built in 1961, and was a single lane, two-span truss structure. The new, two-lane span will be built at about the same location. The bridge will be 40 feet wide and 208 feet long and feature two, 12-foot travel lanes.
The road currently carries 1,592 vehicles per day. This number is projected to increase to 2,172 vehicles per day by 2035.
— Staff Reports