In Design: Occohannock Creek Bridge Replacement (Route 178)
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A virtual design public hearing is scheduled for December 10, 2020 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
The hearing will be held as a virtual online event to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The VDOT project team will make a presentation beginning at 5:30 p.m. and be present to answer questions after the presentation is completed. The presentation will be recorded and available for review on the project page throughout the comment period. Comments will be accepted until December 20, 2020.
Visit the virtual project area and meeting page here for documents and links to login to the meeting.
About the Project
The project is located on Route 178 (Shields Bridge Road) in the Hampton Roads District in Accomac Residency. The bridge replacement project is located on Route 178 (Shields Bridge Road) from MP 2.59 to MP 2.76.
The purpose of this project is to replace the bridge on Route 178 over Occohannock Creek in Accomack County (Federal ID 356, VA Structure Number 1007). The current bridge is a steel span bridge with a stringer, multi-beam girder, which VDOT has determined to be structurally deficient and in need of replacement. The existing bridge and approach roadway is a single lane facility classified as a Rural Major Collector. The bridge was built in 1933. The existing bridge clearance is roughly 25 feet. The approaching roadway is approximately 21 feet wide.
The existing bridge will be demolished in a single phase of demolition with intent to close the bridge to traffic and re-route vehicles with a detour during construction.
Residents will be notified of potential traffic impacts and detours in advance of construction.
Virtual Public Hearing Information - LIVE VIRTUAL MEETING INFO
Information on this project is now available virtually for the Route 178 (Shields Bridge Road) Bridge Replacement Project. ENTER VIRTUAL AREA
Comments and questions on this project will be accepted during and following the virtual event scheduled on December 10, 2020 from 5:30-7pm. The comment period will close December 20, 2020. Details on how to access the virtual event, and methods to submit comments are shared on the virtual information page.
The purpose of the project is to replace the existing bridge over Occohannock Creek to improve the safety and motorist flow in the vicinity.
The project includes replacement of the bridge over Occohannock Creek and approach roadway tie-in work on either side. The current proposed bridge design provides more than 9-inches of additional clearance than the existing bridge and previous designs.
The project also includes installation of sheet pile walls adjacent to Occohannock Creek in order to contain approach fill material. Guardrail is also proposed on all bridge approaches and departures.