Bridge work to take Red Hill Road to one lane
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An Albemarle County road will be reduced to one lane for more than a year while crews work to rehabilitate a bridge.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says Red Hill Road will soon drop to one lane at Scottsville Road in southern Albemarle County.
According to a release, this is for work to rehabilitate the bridge over the North Fork Hardware River.
VDOT says this bridge was built in 1959 and is deteriorating.
The project will widen the bridge’s foundation, rebuild the superstructure with new steel beams, and replace the concrete deck riding surface.
During the project, Red Hill Road will be reduced to one lane and a three-way traffic signal will be put in at the intersection with Scottsville Road.
Additionally, the speed limit on Scottsville Road will be reduced from 55 miles per hour to 45 mph within a half mile of the intersection.
VDOT says the reduced speed limit will go into effect on Nov. 6 when the initial work begins on the project.
Message boards will also be going up to alert drivers about the temporary signal installation.
The release says vehicles wider than 11 feet will not be able to access Red Hill Road from Scottsville Road during the project.
The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 5, 2024.
Drivers may see traffic backups in the area while the work is underway.
Once completed, the bridge will have wider travel lanes and concrete railings.