VDOT plans Queen Street closure

STRASBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close part of Queen Street to through traffic for the next seven months.

Contactors are scheduled to begin work Monday to replace the Queen Street bridge over Town Run VDOT announced Thursday. Work is scheduled to continue through November.

Crews will close Queen Street between South Massanutten Street and Holliday Street. Drivers will have access to homes and businesses on both sides of the bridge. Detour signs will direct through traffic around the construction zone. Crews do not plan to work at night.

VDOT awarded a $1.1 million contract in December to Fielder’s Choice Enterprises Inc. of Charlottesville to replace the existing bridge with a wider crossing and approaches and install sidewalks and drainage improvements.

State and federal funds are covering the total cost of the project.

The overall project estimate is $2.2 million, VDOT spokeswoman Sandy Myers said Thursday. This includes $612,114 for preliminary engineer, $128,194 for right of way and $1.47 million for construction and construction contingency funding.

VDOT modified the design after receiving comments from the public at the Dec. 2009 public hearing, which increased the original cost estimates, Myers said.

VDOT has been working on the project since as early as 2008.

The existing bridge spans 20 feet long and 22.5 fee wide – obsolete by today’s traffic and roadway standards. The project replaces the bridge with a 20-foot-long crossing, which includes two, 15-foot-wide lanes.

VDOT expects the wider bridge and approaches to improve traffic flow and safety on Queen Street. The project also provides improved pedestrian access with an extended sidewalk and crossing plus new, on-street parking.

Queen Street varies in width leading up to the bridge – 29-feet wide on the western end with a sidewalk on the north side and curb and gutter on both sides; 19 feet wide without curb, gutter or sidewalk on the eastern end.

Queen Street to the east of the bridge will be widened to include two, 15-foot lanes with curb and gutter and space for on-street parking. The sidewalk on the north end of the bridge will be continuous from west to east. On the south end of the bridge, the sidewalk will extend from the bridge to the east. There will be a crosswalk on the east side of the bridge.

The sidewalk in the project will be stamped to look like brick.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com