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Shenandoah Board Petitioned Over Bridge

20 November 2019 Shenandoah County News


November 20, 2019

STRASBURG – The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors were petitioned by local residents regarding a bridge that connects to a local neighborhood.

The Black Bear Crossing subdivision in Shenandoah County has only one way out of the community. It is a single lane bridge that crosses the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. The bridge often floods over when the river rises for any reason. When the bridge floods over, residents cannot leave the community and emergency services cannot cross the bridge to get into Black Bear Crossing.

The residents’ petition was years in the making, and historically funding a bridge repair has been the biggest issue. The Virginia Department of Transportation has been reluctant to offer state funds to fix the bridge in the past, but recently offered to cover half the cost of a full repair through a state cost-sharing program. The other half of the bridge cost would be funded by the county and taxpayers in Black Bear Crossing.

The Shenandoah Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on Nov. 26 to determine how necessary a bridge replacement is. If at least 50 percent of the residents in Black Bear Crossing appear and show a need for a bridge replacement, then the project will likely move forward. A current estimation on when bridge work would begin was offered by the Board. They claimed that it would take two or three years to begin.

 

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