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The new bridge over Opequon Creek on Route 522 southbound in Frederick County is scheduled to begin being used on August 30th.
Replacement of the bridge began in the Fall of 2021.
Throughout construction, motorists used temporary travel lanes to share the northbound bridge.
Only the right will open initially as contractors remove the crossover and complete the project’s final steps.
The bridge is expected to fully open both lanes in two weeks.
The project was completed by Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville after being awarded the $2.2 million contract in July 2021.
For more information on the bridge, click here.
Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 81 near the Virginia-West Virginia line may experience traffic delays this week with pavement repair scheduled in West Virginia.
The first work period will take place in the overnight tonight Aug. 17 from midnight to 6 am with minimal delays expected.
The second work period will begin at 6 pm on Wed. Aug. 17 until midday Thurs. Aug. 18 with significant delays anticipated.
Drivers entering 81 from exit 323 will come to a complete stop before entering the interstate.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will monitor traffic backups and may recommend alternate routes if necessary.
Alternate routes may include Route 37 to 522 northbound or connecting to Route 340 from Route 7 or I-66.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will start intermittent closures of Route 522 South throughout the day on Monday.
Contractors will be unloading steel girders at Opequon Creek Bridge.
The work will shut down 522 for approximately 15 minutes each time.
The stoppages will be between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..
Motorists may consider taking alternate routes between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..
Route 522 was shutdown in both directions last night Sun. May 2 as utility crews and authorities cleared an accident near the Winchester City limits.
The accident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. near Fairmont Ave.
Multiple power lines and poles were knocked down causing power outages for approximately 8 hours.
The accident remains under investigation.
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