Weber City's U.S. 23 bridge replacement project to begin later this year

Marci Gore • Mar 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM

WEBER CITY — Motorists traveling U.S. 23 in Weber City have probably noticed the utility trucks, the signs and, of course, the bright orange traffic cones, alerting them to the work being done along the bridge that crosses the North Fork of the Holston River.

Michelle Earl, communications manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), says the utilities in the vicinity of the bridge are being moved in preparation for the bridge’s replacement — a project that is set to begin later this year.

Earl says the project, which will be advertised to the construction community in June, will replace the two separate two-lane bridges with one four-lane bridge.

A left-turn lane will be added on the south end of the bridge to access Newland Hollow Road. Another left-turn lane will also be added to the bridge to access Scott County’s Riverside Development Property (also known as the Bray property).

Earl says the project estimate is $8.6 million and it will take two years to construct the new bridge.

With more than 20,000 vehicles traveling this stretch of U.S. 23 every day, drivers are likely to experience some delays.

While the new bridge is being constructed, Earl says motorists can anticipate one-lane traffic in each direction.

“For the first phase of construction, north and southbound traffic will use the northbound bridge while the southbound side is reconstructed. Access to businesses, entrances and connecting roads within the project limits will be maintained during construction,” she said.

Earl says there is not an exact date on when the lane closures will take effect, but adds that VDOT officials anticipate a fall start date.

“Once bids are accepted and a contractor is selected to do the work, they will be given a bit of time to mobilize,” she said.