From Staff Reports
BURLINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Transportation recently hosted an informational public workshop to provide an update on the progress of the Burlington Mill Creek Bridge replacement study.
The meeting was held last Monday at the West Virginia Department of Highways District 5 headquarters.
The Division of Highways proposes to improve access from U.S. Route 50/U.S. Route 220 onto Mineral County Route 11, according to a Department of Transportation handout. Average daily traffic volumes on county Route 11 are estimated at 1,750 vehicles. That estimation is based on 2012 traffic volumes. Projected average daily traffic volumes using Route 11 by 2032 are 2,470 vehicles under a build or no-build alternative.
This project will replace the existing bridge, which has weight restrictions, according to the handout. The existing bridge also has an additional restriction due to alignment issues at the structure. There is a “No Right Turn” sign posted for trucks traveling east on U.S. 50 that would like to turn southonto Route 11. Additionally, the steel beam superstructure and cast-in-place reinforced concrete deck are both rated poor.
The project study includes seven alternatives.
The preferred choice is a new structure downstream of the current bridge with an upstream detour for temporary traffic control. During construction, it is envisioned that the detour road will maintain two-lane, two-way traffic.
Construction on the project, which is part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, is slated to begin in October 2014. STIP is a federally required document that provides the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration a listing of all projects that are candidates for federal aid or regionally significant projects that are not using federal aid, according to the Department of Transportation website.
Written comments on the project will be accepted until July 24 and can be sent to David Bodnar, PE acting director, engineering division, WDOH, State Capitol Complex, Building 5, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, WV 25305-0430.
For more information on alternative routes and to make comments online, visit http://go.wv.gov/dotcomment, click on “Comment on Engineering Projects” and then click on Burlington Mill Creek Bridge on the map.