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Two Shenandoah County bridges to open ahead of schedule

18 November 2020 Shenandoah County News

New bridges on Route 698 (Orchard Drive) and Route 620 (Smith Creek Road) in Shenandoah County are both set to open to traffic this week. The Route 620 bridge near the town of New Market was scheduled for completion on December 18, 2020, while the Route 698 bridge in the town of Mount Jackson was scheduled to be complete in June 2021.

The Route 620 bridge opened on Tuesday, allowing the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove an eight-mile detour that motorists had been following since construction began in April. The bridge crosses Smith Creek about 0.2 miles south of Route 732 (Cardinal Road).

The new Route 620 bridge replaces a single-lane structure that had been in place since 1932. The new two-lane bridge is about five feet higher, which will result in fewer days that the road is closed due to flooding. The new bridge was built slightly upstream to improve its alignment with the existing roadway. It also includes a safety railing, which the old structure did not have.

The new Route 698 bridge over Mill Creek is just west of Route 263 (Bryce Boulevard/Orkney Grade). The bridge is scheduled to open on Friday, November 20, ending a detour that has been in place for construction since April. The new Route 698 bridge also replaces a single-lane 1932 structure. The new bridge was constructed in the same location as the old structure, with two 11-foot lanes and three-foot shoulders.

In January 2020, VDOT awarded a $1,166,028.70 construction contract to National Bridge Builders LLC of Kernersville, N.C., for the Route 620 bridge. VDOT in December 2020 awarded a $1,329,978.00 contract to Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville, Va., for construction of the Route 698 bridge.

All construction work and completion dates are weather permitting.

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