CONSIDER: #1 Bridge Closure
The Superstructure Replacement will impact transportation daily during active construction for about 18-24 months. Superstructure Replacement was used on the Coleman Bridge in 1995.The bridge is expected to be closed for a sustained period of 10 days to two weeks during the process. -As projected by VDOT realistically though:
The Coleman Bridge @ .75 miles long was closed for 10 days. The Norris Bridge @1.7 miles long is 2.7 times as long as the Coleman~ 2.7 x 10 days = 27 days ~ One Month is a more realistic closure time frame.
We are expected to use the bridge during construction unless it is closed.
If VDOT promoted the funding and built a new bridge we would use the Norris Bridge until the new one was complete.
Consider: #2 Tourism Revenue
Question: When transit is impacted over months & years for the 'Painting of the center span' and again for the Superstructure Replacement, & when the bridge is closed for ten days to two weeks how do we plan for the Economic Impact of revenue loss on the Northern Neck due to these two Construction projects?
Round numbers for consideration: $257,000,000 / 365 days = $704,109.00 per day
Consider: #3 Hospital
Question: What happens to the Patient census at RGH in Kilmarnock when Middlesex & Matthews County patients go to Gloucester for their medical care because access is too problematic ?
Question: What happens to Emergency Services~hospital care when transfer service & access to Richmond is limited during construction?
Question: Does this decision by VDOT to 'Repair rather than Replace' the Norris Bridge have implications for the local economy, and long term viability of Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital as well ?
Where does the Spending for Repairs End?
Please have the conversation with local leaders and people of influence.
Note #1: On 9/26/16 a Freedom of Information Act [FOIA] Request for an cost summary listing of all Projects funded for Construction since 1985 for the Norris Bridge was sent to VDOT. It is reasonable to believe, reasonable to anticipate that there is a list in the finance or accounting department which itemizes these historical expenditures. In fact:
The list is not readily available. VDOT has no conscise list and therefor a total of costs associated with construction projects funded for the Norris Bridge. The numbers above have been researched from Newspaper archieves from the Richmond Times Dispatch, The Daily Press and the Rappahannock Record. While VDOT said they would be able to put a list together pending research, it would take an additional two weeks to do so. Updated figures will be provided once received from VDOT.