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I-64 in Rockbridge County gets $12M grant to repair bridges

Published On: Sep 04 2013 02:34:58 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 04 2013 02:36:05 PM EDT

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $12 million grant to strengthen and re-deck two structurally-deficient bridges on I-64 in Rockbridge County.

Both bridges are over the Maury River. U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced the grant Wednesday. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is expected to announce a “major” transportation announcement Thursday in Richmond.

More than 9,000 vehicles a day travel across the bridges on I-64 East and West. The bridges connect Covington and Lexington.

Both bridges were built in 1976. They rated a score of 4 on a scale of 9 for their structural integrity and safety.

The $12 million grant will allow the Virginia Department of Transportation to start work on the project immediately. The project is expected to cost $19 million.