VA: Jeremys Run Bridge Project

WINNER: On Time – Small Project
Jeremy’s Run Bridge Project
Page County, VA

“VDOT’s experienced management staff ensured the project was built in a safe manner with little impact to the environment.”

Dr. Tom Cardman
County Administrator, Page County

Development of the Jeremy’s Run Bridge Project began in fall 1998. Due to the structural deficiency of the bridge, and because it was the only bridge between the town of Front Royal and the town of Luray, it was crucial to replace it. Since the project fell within the Page Valley Historic District, it garnered significant attention from state and federal agencies and concerned citizens. This was due to the scenic Shenandoah River, unique topography, and a very active citizens group called Scenic 340.

The community, along with Scenic 340, argued that the project could not be developed in the same fashion as traditional projects. Eventually the Commonwealth Transportation Board created the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to address and resolve concerns about projects proposed for the Route 340 corridor between Luray and Front Royal, thus creating a partnership between VDOT, the community, and the contractors.

The project was developed and executed as a design-bid-build project. HDR Engineering, Inc. provided the roadway and bridge design services. The project consisted of replacing the narrow, structurally deficient bridge with a 446-foot-long, three-span structure that is 58-feet and seven-inches wide. The new structure features joint-less technology, weathering steel, and high performance concrete. The railing features architectural treatments and color coatings to simulate a rock wall appearance.

The construction contract was awarded to General Excavation, Inc. on December 13, 2007 and construction began on January 30, 2008. The Jeremy’s Run Bridge Project was completed on August 28, 2009, two and a half months (11%) ahead of schedule, and was $550,000 (6%) under budget.

The completion of this project resulted in:

  • The removal of load restrictions on the route
  • Improved safety
  • Reduced maintenance costs
  • Reduced inspection frequency
  • Reduced cost
  • Improved aesthetics

VA: Jeremys Run Bridge Project

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