Neighbors Voice Opinions on Proposed Bridge Replacement Project

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

PAGE COUNTY, Va.--- The Virginia Department of Transportation held a public meeting to discuss the replacement of the Cub Run bridge on Route 340.

The $5.9 million project would make the new bridge 20 feet wider and make it higher. This would help straighten a sharp curve and make it less steep.

Richard Andrews, who lives near the bridge, said it is necessary as speeding is a problem.

"If you are going to get out, you [have] to be fast, when you pull out of the driveway otherwise, you are going get hit," said Andrews. " "Back in 2005, my wife almost got killed there."

He said this project would help fix the curve, which he currently considers dangerous.

"We have quite a few wrecks in front of the house so the curve is the issue," said Andrews.

Jeremy Mason, VDOT's assistant resident administrator for the Harrisonburg residency, said the current bridge, built in 1927, is also showing wear and tear.

"The bridge that is out there right now is safe to handle the traffic, but it is better to replace it now than wait until it is too late," said Mason.

Helen Huffman hopes the project can change the current road conditions.

"It's a narrow, winded road and it is on 340 that is heavily used by trucks, tractors, buses, everything," said Huffman.

According to VDOT 5,280 vehicles travel on route 340 every day. By 2038, the daily traffic volume is expected to be 7,600 vehicles per day.

Some landowners, such as Huffman, may have to give part of their land for the project. She said she does not mind, if this would make the road safer.

"I don't mind because they have to had it in order to make these improvements," said Huffman.

The public will be able to comment on this project until March 6. The construction is expected to start in 2016.


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