By MELINDA WILLIAMS
It’s not scheduled to be completed until late 2014, but a state transportation official says the Route 114 bridge project is ahead of schedule.
David Clarke, residency maintenance manager for Virginia Department of Transportation, told Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Monday night that the bridge is expected to be completed “quite a bit earlier” than the contract deadline of November 2014. He did not estimate when the bridge might be completed.
The new westbound bridge will consist of two 12-foot travel lanes with a 10-foot right shoulder and a six-foot left shoulder. The project was estimated to cost just under $18 million.
The bridge is the second part of a project to replace the old bridge that was damaged by an over-height truck.
That original two-lane bridge, constructed in 1939, carried both westbound and eastbound traffic until a new bridge for eastbound traffic was constructed in 1990. The old bridge continued to carry westbound traffic until June 2002, when it was closed due to the structural damage. It was removed when the current project got underway during the summer of 2011.