The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin construction repairs to the Cork Street/Senseny Road Bridge over Interstate 81 within 30 days. In the coming weeks VDOT will place traffic signs along Pleasant Valley Road, Cork Street and Senseny Road notifying traffic of the upcoming construction project. VDOT anticipates that the project will be completed by August 10, 2012.
Traffic flow across the bridge will be limited to one lane and will be controlled by temporary stop lights. This will likely cause a backup of vehicles throughout the day.
The project will also affect traffic in and around Jim Barnett Park. During construction, the Bridgeforth Drive entrance into Jim Barnett Park will be temporarily closed to thru traffic to ensure driver and pedestrian safety. Access to and from Bridgeforth, Rotary, T-ball, and Eagles Fields will be routed to the Cork Street/Maple Drive, Pleasant Valley Road and Millwood Avenue entrances of the park. The City of Winchester will install temporary signage along Bridgeforth Drive near the intersection of War Memorial and Bridgeforth Drives informing drivers that the Cork Street interchange is closed to traffic.
VDOT contractors have been authorized to use a small portion of the gravel parking lot near Bridgeforth Field and the BMX track as a construction staging area. VDOT is aware of the public need for this lot and will limit their use so it does not impact access to and use of this parking lot. City officials have also requested that VDOT stop work on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Apple Blossom weekend and during other large events throughout the spring and summer months.