September 25, 2006
The roads during rush hour can be congested headed in and out of Charlottesville, but now some drivers may have an alternative route.
The Proffit Road Bridge, which connects route 29 North of Charlottesville to Pantops is now open. It has been closed since June 19th for repairs.
Norfolk Southern Railroad owns the bridge. They replace the timber deck and beams and upgraded the structures of the steal. VDOT pitched in for the cost of new steal guard rails to replace the wooden ones.
With all of the improvements done this time around, we could see the bridge expand from one lane to two in the next 5 to 10 years.
"We do have some money in the 6-year road improvement program for the upgrading of this bridge to a 2-lane facility. When we do that we would of course build it of today's materials--concrete and probably steal beams or pre-cast concrete beams," said Lou Hatter, VDOT Spokesperson.
It will be up to the board of supervisors to decide how quickly it will fund it.