Recently Completed: Shenandoah County - Route 620 (Smith Creek Road) - Smith Creek Bridge
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The new Route 620 bridge over Smith Creek opened to traffic on November 17, 2020.
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Comment deadline is May 18, 2017
Mr. James Johnston
Virginia Department of Transportation
811 Commerce Road
Staunton, VA 24401-9029
This project replaced a single-lane low-water bridge on Route 620 (Smith Creek Road) in Shenandoah County. The old bridge was built in 1932 and had reached the end of its service life.
The new bridge is a two-lane, single-span structure 60 feet long and approximately five feet higher than the old bridge. The new structure was positioned slightly upstream from the old bridge to improve roadway alignment.
The old bridge was demolished prior to construction of the new bridge. During constrution, motorists followed an eight-mile detour using Route 732, Route 11 and Route 211. That detour was lifted on November 17, 2020.
The average daily traffic count for Route 620 in 2013 was 282 vehicles per day. This number is projected to be 324 in 2041.
The total estimated cost for this project is $1,928,362, including $391,000 for preliminary engineering, $57,908 for right of way and $1,479,454 for construction.
This project improves safety for travelers on Route 620 by replacing a structure that is past its service life. Safety will also be improved with the realignment of the new structure to the existing roadway. The bridge height will be increased by about 5 feet, which will result in fewer days that the road is closed due to flooding on the bridge. The new bridge will include railing, which the old bridge does not have.