Work on Queen Street bridge replacement project in final stages

STRASBURG – Construction crews began laying asphalt Tuesday on Queen Street for a project that is now days away from completion, according to town staff.

At Tuesday’s Transportation, Streets and Sidewalks Committee meeting, Assistant Town Manager and Director of Public Works Jay McKinley said work on the Queen Street bridge replacement should be completed by Nov. 21.

“We’re laying down some asphalt today, one day ahead of schedule,” he said. “It does look like we’re going to have that wrapped up by November 21, everything’s looking good over there.”

Work on the project began in April. Fielder’s Choice Enterprises, of Charlottesville, replaced the bridge and installed new sidewalks and drainage systems. The project cost $2.2 million, paid for through state and federal funds.

Also at the meeting, the committee discussed the possibility of installing a stop sign on Lincoln Street near its intersection with U.S. Route 11, or potentially turning it into a one-way street.

At Town Council’s August meeting, the group opted to provisionally place a stop sign on the street to see if it quells speeding issues on what area residents have called a narrow street.

Although three citizens spoke at Tuesday’s meeting in favor of converting the street into a one-way, Councilmen Don Le Vine, Seth Newman and Scott Terndrup all voted against bringing the matter before council again.

Le Vine said he’s hesitant to change any traffic patterns before conducting a traffic study to see how the altered flow would affect the rest of the town. The other dissenting votes, as well as McKinley, agreed with his reasoning.

Committee Chairwoman Kim Bishop said despite the choice not to send the matter to council, the issue will stay in committee until a solution is reached.

“This will stay in committee, but it will not be forgotten,” she said.

The next committee meeting date will be set at Town Council’s December meeting.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.