White House Bridge Work Begins in 2020
December 2, 2019
LURAY – The White House Bridge on Route 211 just outside of Luray will be replaced by 2022. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that work will begin on the bridge in 2020.
According to a VDOT press release, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $11.3 million contract to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc. to replace the Route 211 westbound bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. The bridge was built in 1947.
The replacement bridge will have two 12-foot travel lanes, with a 10-foot shoulder on the right and a 6-foot shoulder on the left. It will also be 200 feet shorter than the current White House Bridge. This change will be made to match the embankment length of the adjacent eastbound span.
Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the early months of 2020. Fielder’s Choice and their contractors will build crossover lanes in the Route 211 median to allow both directions of traffic to use the eastbound bridge. A barrier will separate traffic flow, and a reduced speed limit of 45 MPH will be in effect. Once the new westbound bridge is completed, the crossover lane will be removed.
The boat ramp under the current White House bridge will be relocated to the west side of the river for the duration of construction. It will serve as the only access point to that location. Continuing downstream within the limits of bridge construction while the project is ongoing will be prohibited.
The current contract completion date for the new westbound bridge is set for July 22, 2022. All work is weather permitting.
Photo Courtesy of: Virginia Department of Transportation
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