Construction on Luray's West Main Street Bridge delayed

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LURAY, Va. (WHSV) -- The West Main Street bridge is more than 80 years old and in 2012, more than 6,000 cars crossed it per day. Town leaders wanted to start construction to fix it this summer, but now funding has become a problem.

The original construction bid to fix the bridge was eight years old and now costs have increased. Now the town needs almost $2 million to make up the difference for the nearly $4 million project.

The Virginia Department of Transportation declared the bridge "structurally deficient" and the town initially thought it could save some of the original bridge, but now a full replacement is planned.

"It's in good shape now and it's something that could last a few more years like it is, but at this point there's no other option but to replace it," said Ligon Webb, the Luray town planner.

Crews were out doing some environmental work on the bridge.

The town does have some funding to do environmental work and the initial design portion.

Full construction though isn't expected to begin until around next spring.

On Thursday, there will be a public hearing on the construction project from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mimslyn Inn where people can take a look at the project