FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2011
City to Make Berkley Road Bridge Improvements
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke will be making improvements to the Berkley Road Bridge, with construction scheduled to begin July 12. The current duration of construction activities is scheduled for 150 consecutive calendar days, placing project completion in the November/December timeframe.
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 currently 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 plan accordingly during this construction period.
For additional information contact Jay Witt, the project manager, in the city’s Engineering Division at (540) 853-2734.