Berkley Road Bridge Construction - Update
Released: November 30 2011
The City of Roanoke project to improve the Berkley Road Bridge is progressing, but completion is now delayed to January/February 2012 from the original December 2011 date. The extended construction duration is due to a delay in delivery of steel compounded by a plant fabricating error that requires extra work to perform field modifications on the steel.
The rehabilitated structure will include widening of the existing substructure to accommodate a continuous steel beam superstructure. The continuous steel beams will support a concrete deck and one five foot concrete sidewalk greatly enhancing the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Construction will require closure of the Berkley Road Bridge to all traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) for the duration of the project.
The existing structure known as Berkley Road Bridge over Glade Creek was constructed in 1963 and is comprised of a timber deck supported by steel beams with reinforced concrete foundations. The bridge is currently weight restricted due to its age and inability to carry standard truck loads.
Aside from its primary function of carrying vehicles over Glade Creek, the bridge serves as the main pedestrian link between the two groups of fields at Vinyard Park. Residents who use Berkley Road for through-travel and those who visit Vinyard Park are asked to seek alternate routes during the construction period.
For additional information contact Jay Witt, the Project Manager, in the city’s Engineering Division at (540) 853-2734.