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Supervisors support $13 million Route 35 bridge replacement

Published 10:02am Tuesday, February 26, 2013

COURTLAND—Southampton County supervisors during their Monday meeting voted 6-1 to go with lowest cost of replacing the Route 35 bridge outside Courtland.

The $13 million project will result in the road being closed for 12 to 16 months, with construction expected to start in 2014. Initially, the Virginia Department of Transportation planned a 23-month closure. A seven-mile detour will be put in place.

Voting “no” was Jerusalem District Supervisor Dr. Alan Edwards, who represents the area where the bridge is located.

Edwards said he didn’t vote against the project, but felt that VDOT could’ve come up with the money for an alternative project that would’ve allowed the bridge to remain open during construction.

“We need to have a new bridge,” he said. “They are doing it the easy way by closing the bridge and the economy of Courtland. They presented different scenarios.”

One alternative including building a temporary bridge while the new bridge is built. That would’ve increased the price tag to $22 million.

In related matters, the construction of the bridge is expected to begin before the construction of a $22 million flyover at Business 58 and Route 58 outside Courtland.

“There may still be some overlap, but the (Route 35 bridge) project should wrap up before the construction (of the flyover) impacts traffic. It should be on the downhill side,” said County Administrator Mike Johnson.

The Virginia Department of Transportation last summer reduced the weight limit on the 83-year-old Route 35 bridge.

Other options pitched by VDOT include building a new bridge next to the old bridge for $19 million or continuing to repair the bridge, which has reached its life expectancy. Weight limits have been lowered to the minimum possible for truck traffic.

 

  • http://www.blackwaternottoway.com Jeff Turner

    Build it beside the old one.

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  • geographically challenged

    I appreciate that they are now saying that there should be only minimal overlap for the flyover and the bridge,but the second project should be scheduled for a date that would leave no possibility of overlap or give it a “floating” start date. There are plenty of people that say “no bridge”, and plenty more that say “no flyover”, and VDOT will never make everyone happy for various (obvious) reasons, but having these projects so close together is not going to make anyone happy.

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  • DIESEL

    There are always “significant” accidents at that intersection as someone who lives nearby will tell you. Why would you be in favor of over-paying for a small two lane bridge that services very few people compared to the 58 corridor? You build infrastructure to lure business growth to your area.

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  • FromHere

    I agree. Ditch the flyover and use the money for a temporary bridge while the new one is being built. Why do we need a flyover??? Or use the extra money to clean out some ditches and culvert pipes before somebody gets killed by standing water in the roads after a big rain. Somebody somewhere is making some stupid decisions. I respect Supervisor Edwards’ view and agree with him.

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  • TaxMax

    Why does there need to be a $22 million dollar flyover at the light on 58? This makes no sense.

    Why aren’t there lights on 58 in Emporia? Suffolk? South Hill? Etc.?

    Seems like a big waste of money.

    Have there been any significant accidents at the light for Business 58 from Courtland? If not, why the flyover.

    Heck, bet more accidents ALMOST happen with people trying to turn in to/exit Dairy Queen or the Peanut Patch.

    Where is the flyover to go 58 business to Franklin? Heck there is school down that road.

    Why not take the $22 million for this project, add it to the Rt 35 project for a new bridge parallel to the old one and then take the rest and eliminate the $200 Southampton County dump fee/tax!

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    • TaxMax

      Why aren’t there lights on 58 in Emporia? Suffolk? South Hill? Etc.?

      Meant to say “Why aren’t there flyovers instead of lights on 58…”

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    • geographically challenged

      Yes, TaxMan there are frequently big wrecks at that intersection that block traffic for a while.

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