By MELINDA WILLIAMS
The Route 114 bridge is taking shape and the amount of construction equipment is diminishing, but there is still several months of work remaining before it will be ready for use, according to Virginia Department of Transportation.
VDOT Salem District Communications Specialist Jamie Smith said that while the bridge structures are complete, “there is still grading, paving and several other miscellaneous items that are left to be completed.” He said the project is slated for a fall 2014 completion date.
The highway department started removing the old westbound bridge in June 2011. It was closed after being damaged by an over-height truck in June 2002. That two-lane bridge, constructed in 1939, carried both westbound and eastbound traffic until a new eastbound bridge was constructed in 1990. The eastbound bridge has carried both directions of traffic since that time.
The 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.