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VDOT targets Mar. 15 opening of rebuilt 58 bridge / February 07, 2019

VDOT is planning to reopen all four lanes of U.S. 58 at Sandy Creek on or before March 15, some five months after flash flooding from Hurricane Michael damaged the tributary bridges near the Halifax/Pittsylvania county line.

Since the storm struck on Oct. 11, the highway passage has been fully or partially restricted by the flood damage to the two bridge supports over Sandy Creek. VDOT reopened the eastbound span in November, allowing two-way traffic to resume after motorists had spent more than a month taking the long detour through North Carolina when going back and forth between South Boston and Danville.

VDOT dropped the speed limit at the Sandy Creek bridge while the two-lane restriction has been in place, but the normal flow of traffic will resume when repairs are completed to the westbound bridge support, which sustained the greatest damage from the creek flooding.

Jay Craddock of VDOT’s Chatham Residency Office said this week that the wet weather has set back the pace of repairs to the damaged eastbound span, but the work will be completed by March 15. Crews are still filling in around the bridge foundation where floodwaters washed away the creek bed, and workers also are rebuilding an earthen slope on the west side of the creek that was badly damaged.

Craddock delivered a report to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors Monday night detailing the highway improvements that are underway in the county. Three roads — Route 619, Hardings Mill Road in the Clover area; Route 667, Pumping Hill Road in the north Halifax area; and Route 683, Oak Level Road near Ingram — are currently closed for repairs.

VDOT is replacing a bridge on Hardings Mill Road, a project that is slated for completion by this summer. A bridge replacement on Oak Level Road is due to be completed in winter 2020. Culvert repairs to Route 667 should be finished by late summer of this year, said Craddock.

In a separate action, the Board of Supervisors approved a street renaming for Middle Fork Trail in the Crystal Hill area. The road branches out in three directions, and property owner George Overstreet and others asked for the middle prong of dead-end roadway to be renamed Freedom Trail, a request which received the board’s support.

The remaining two prongs will continue to go by the name Middle Fork Trail.

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