Bridge traffic shift set for Wednesday

FRONT ROYAL – Motorists can expect to start using the new northbound lanes on the South Fork Bridge on Wednesday, the town announced this week.

The contractor building the replacement U.S. 340-522 bridge over the South Fork of the Shenandoah River anticipates shifting northbound traffic to the new crossing, according to information from the town. The Virginia Department of Transportation notified the town this week.

Motorists can expect both northbound lanes to shift to the right near the intersection of 17th Street and Shenandoah Avenue, then back to the left near Duck Street on the other side of the bridge, VDOT advised.

The Front Royal Police Department will assist with traffic control during the transition. The contractor also anticipates shifting the southbound traffic to the new bridge in the next two weeks.

VDOT anticipates completion of the project in late 2017.