Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)From the Commonwealth Transportation Board: At its monthly meeting today, the CTB awarded two contracts worth approximately $27.3 million for major infrastructure work. One of the projects will replace the James River bridge on U.S. 501 in VDOT’s Lynchburg District. The CTB awarded a contract for approximately $16.8 million to Orders Construction Company Inc. of St. Albans, W.Va., to replace the bridge on U.S. 501 over the James River and adjacent rail tracks at the Amherst-Bedford county line.The project will construct a two-lane, steel-girder superstructure. The new 40-foot-wide bridge will have shoulders to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. The structure will be about 0.7 miles from the existing structure. Project road improvements will include right- and left-turn lanes at the new “T” intersection of U.S. 501 and Route 130. The project also will add a multiuse pull-off for public river access and accommodate enforcement of vehicle weight restrictions and VDOT emergency operations. The project is scheduled for completion on April 21, 2017.

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