Virtual Workshop

SR14 Vernon Road Bridge (BR2-060c)

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Welcome to the Delaware Department of Transportation's virtual workshop. The goals of the virtual workshop format are to make it easier for more people to view the project information, and to reduce the costs involved in traditional public workshops. This is a workshop regarding the replacement of Bridge 2-060c on SR14 Vernon Road over Prospect Branch, West of Harrington in Kent County.

[Location Map] Bridge 2-060c has been identified by DelDOT’s bridge management section as being in need of replacement.

[North Elevation][General South Bridge 2-060c is a corrugated metal arch. It has headwalls and wingwalls consisting of stone and mortar. The stream channel is straight and fairly well stabilized with some minor degrading of the channel slopes.
[Perforations][Existing Holes The metal arch of this bridge consists of galvanized steel and has been in place since 1989. Although most of the arch has held up well, the area just above and along the footer on both sides has experienced loss of galvanizing and the formation of a heavy rust scale. Because of this, there has been a significant loss of metal at the base of the arch and holes have started to form in several locations. This loss of metal and the resulting holes will eventually lead to the inability of the arch to carry the traffic load of SR14 Vernon Road.

[Bridge plan, section and elevation:] As seen on the bridge plan, section and elevation sheet, DelDOT proposes to replace the existing arch structure with a precast concrete culvert structure. As seen on the bridge plan, section and elevation sheet, DelDOT proposes to replace the existing structure with a precast concrete box culvert. The decision to use precast (or built off-site) was chosen over cast-in-place (built on-site) due to the decreased construction time and ultimately decreased number of days of road closure. Minor approach roadway work will be performed but the existing roadway geometry will not change drastically. Additionally, riprap will be placed into the streambed and along the side slopes to protect the proposed structure and prevent scour or erosion of the stream channel and banks. This work should take approximately 60 days to complete and is scheduled to occur during the spring to early summer of 2017.

[Detour Plan] During construction, the road will have to be closed in order to perform the proposed work. As you can see, a temporary detour has been planned to accommodate the traveling public.

[Detour Map] This map more clearly demonstrates the route that thru-traffic will take during the temporary road closure. Motorists will be given advance notice of this closure east and West on Vernon Road. From the east, motorists on Vernon Road will be directed right onto Whiteleysburg Road, and then left onto Fox Hunters Road which leads back to Vernon Road. From the West, motorists on Vernon Road will be directed left onto Fox Hunters Road, and then right on to Whiteleysburg Road which leads back to Vernon Road. Prospect Church Road, Flatiron Road, Cornish Road and Brownsville Road will all be accessible through this detour. Local traffic will be permitted on East and West on Vernon Road up to the work area to accommodate local residents and businesses.

[Construction Plan] Although DelDOT strives to perform as much of the work as possible within the department's existing right-of-way, sometimes the nature of the work requires a larger area than what is provided. That is the case for this project. As can be seen on the plan sheet, right-of-way and easements will be needed from adjacent property owners in order to complete the work. Right-of-way will be required for the placement and maintenance of the rip-rap in and around the stream. The rip-rap will be buried and covered with streambed material in the stream, or topsoil, grass seed, and mulch on the stream banks. Temporary construction easements will be needed beyond the right-of-way for the placement of sandbags and to divert the stream flow so the in-stream work can be completed. These areas will be restored to their natural condition upon completion of the work. A real estate representative will be in contact with the affected property owners to explain the department's real estate process.

If you would like to make comments, you may submit them online by clicking on the link, “send us your comments”, or you may call toll free to 800-652-5600, or call locally in the dover area, 760-2080. Comments may also be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, Delaware, 19903. Comments are due within 30 days of the posting of this virtual workshop on the internet.

Thank you for participating in the Delaware Department of Transportation’s virtual workshop.