In his monthly appearance before the

Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

, VDOT’s Jim Utterback announced today that the Proffit Road railroad bridge replacement project,

first reported by Charlottesville Tomorrow on March 1st

, will start on June 12, 2006 closing Proffit Road for 60-90 days.

The project costs are being covered by Norfolk Southern which owns the bridge.  The new bridge will remain a single lane with wood planks and be of similar structure and character. Construction crews will be racing the clock to finish the bridge in less than 70 days as officials want to complete work before schools reopen on August 21st.

Albemarle County has looked in the past at replacing the bridge with a larger two-lane VDOT version, but this has been ruled out because of the significant costs and the fact that the resulting realignment of Proffit Road would eliminate several historic homes in Proffit.  However, Proffit Road is currently being examined as one of three potential alignments for a future

Eastern Connector

to move traffic from US 29 to Pantops and I-64 via Route 20.

Brian Wheeler

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