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Currently in Phase IV

“Phase IV, is a $55.7 million, three-mile project which includes widening Route 58 from Rhea Valley Road to the west corporate limits of Damascus. It is being paid for with federal highway funds. Work began in fall 2021 and includes construction of two matching bridges spanning the south fork of the Holston River and both are currently underway.

The contractor is Kanawha Stone Company of Nitro, W.Va., while the bridges are being built by subcontractor Brayman Construction based in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, but which also operates a Wytheville office.

“We’ve built these bridges which are 474 feet long, 33 feet wide — two identical bridges that are steel span. The first deck pour [concrete] will be around April 1,” VDOT area construction engineer Brian Plummer said Thursday. “We’re roughly 95 feet off the water.”

The bridges are being built beside the current roadway. Once the first is completed, the plan is to shift traffic onto the bridge so workers can then modify the present intersections along the existing road.”

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Source: Bristol Herald Courier