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Sumerduck Road bridge to close for construction

Monday, Aug. 4 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Starting next Monday, the bridge over Sumerduck Run will close for the next eight months or so.

A construction crew will demolish and replace the bridge in a $2.1 million effort to replace a span that has stood since 1933.

During the closure, the Virginia Department of Transportation will detour traffic to U.S. Route 17, then Courtneys Corner Road westbound back to Sumerduck Road. Access to all driveways on both sides of the bridge will be maintained.

Message boards have been placed near the work zone to notify motorists of the closure and related detour.

A $1.23 million construction contract for the new concrete bridge was awarded to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville in July and has a completion date of April 27, 2015.

The road closure will reduce the effect of construction on the environment and surrounding properties, including one that is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, according to a project FAQ on VDOT's website. The road closure will also reduce the construction duration by about six months, saving an estimated $600,000.

The project will take eight months, according to VDOT, because it is a complete replacement - both the bridge deck and its underlying substructure must be replaced.

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