Virginia Department of Transportation program manager Edwin Carter told Clarke County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that plans are in place to complete the Mosby Boulevard extension by early 2013. Carter also said that VDOT is offering a County bridge, currently under consideration for replacement, to any organization willing to move it.
The overall schedule is for completion of Mosby Boulevard by spring of 2013,” Carter said. “Completion of the roundabout and access to the high school off of Mosby is scheduled for completion by August 22.”
However, Carter added that Clarke County’s rocky terrain always makes estimating construction targets difficult.
“If they encounter a lot of rock it could blow the schedule out of the water,” Carter said. “The contractor will be concentrating on ensuring access is available to the new high school by the time that school opens.”
Carters also told the Supervisors that VDOT is seeking written expressions of interest from individuals, organizations. and government agencies interested in assuming ownership and responsibility for the Route 723 Opequon Creek Bridge located on the Frederick/Clarke County line.
According to VDOT, the Route 723 Opequon Creek Bridge -Structure No. 6904 -, while not eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, is considered to be a contributing resource to the NRHP-eligible Chapel Rural Historic District. The three-span, concrete T-beam bridge, built around 1932, measures 88 feet long and 17.5 feet wide.
Carter said that the bridge is in poor condition is being recommended for replacement by VDOT.
VDOT is willing to provide up to $42K – the cost of demolishing the bridge – to assist an acceptable new owner in relocating the bridge within the Chapel Rural Historic District and implementing a maintenance and preservation plan for the structure.
VDOT requests that interested organizations describe the purpose and mission of the organization; the prospective use of the bridge off-site and within the Chapel Rural Historic District along with and a plan for implementing the use; the organization’s financial and technical capabilities to maintain the structure and its historic integrity; indemnification of VDOT from all future liability and claims; certification of responsibility for conducting all work associated with the bridge relocation, including complying with all applicable environmental regulations and laws, obtaining all appropriate environmental clearances and permits, and conducting any studies necessary for identifying any archaeological sites that might be present at the new site and for avoiding harm to any significant archaeological deposits; and certification that the organization will offer the donation of a preservation easement on the bridge to the Board of Historic Resources, to be administered by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR) (Code of Virginia 10.1-2204), or to another party selected in consultation with the VDHR.
VDOT says that it reserves the exclusive right to accept or reject any or all proposals.
Written responses must be sent to Bruce Penner, Regional Program Manager by 5:00 PM, April 30, 2012. Penner can be reached at Bruce.Penner@VDOTVirginia.gov