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Bethel Road construction ‘on track’

Construction continues on the permanent bridge over the Banister River on Bethel Road with a fixed completion date set for December 2011.

Value of the entire Banister River Bridge project is $7.6 million including construction, right of way and design, according to the VDOT area construction engineer. Virginia Department of Transportation Residency Administrator Joe Barkley said DLB Inc. was the low bidder out of eight bids received on the permanent bridge over the Banister River. DLB submitted the low bid of $4,395,003.45.

Construction on the permanent bridge over the Banister River began in the spring after a pre-construction hearing was held in March. At the Halifax County Board of Supervisor’s April meeting, Barkley said, “This project has been needed for many years, and it’s weathered the financial storms of VDOT, and it’s really going to be a great thing.”

The Mabry Bridge, the temporary structure owned by VDOT currently in place, will be dismantled and returned to Rustburg Area Headquarters upon completion of the new bridge, according to VDOT spokesperson Paula Jones.

Jones said Tuesday that 90 percent of the existing old bridge has been dismantled, sanitary sewer lines are completed, and excavation is continuing. “Things are moving well, and everything is on track,” she added.