VDOT explains coming South Fork Bridge traffic patters
7 October 2016 News
“So, we’ll be either famous or infamous.” — That was the reaction of Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Linda Glavis to information that the northside exit-entrance design connecting Route 55 East (Strasburg Road) and the still-under-construction South Fork Bridge; will be a first of its kind throughout the United States.
A power-point presentation on the design and its rationale and traffic flow patterns was presented to Warren County officials at an October 4th meeting. VDOT engineer Terry Short explained the design placing a left turn lane OFF the bridge for northbound traffic is envisioned to eliminate ALL left turns at the Route 522 and Route 55 intersection at the north end of the bridge. The final two lanes of the six-lane structure are still under construction on Front Royal’s northside, with a projected completion date of late 2017.
Short predicted the new traffic patterns will initially be unpopular. However, he added that while it may take some getting used to, they SHOULD reduce intersection backups and keep traffic moving much more efficiently 100 years into the future.
Upon completion the South Fork Bridge will be the widest and longest bridge in VDOT’s Staunton District.