Vienna’s 28th Street bridge slated to get replacement

VIENNA – The 28th Street bridge crossing Pond Run is set for replacement next June.

The bridge in question, a section of 28th Street approximately 30-feet long near the 1000 block, was determined to be in need of replacement during recent state inspections for bridge safety, officials said.

The bridge is in no immediate danger of failing, officials said Wednesday. The bridge must be replaced in the near future, said Vienna Director of Public Works Craig Metz.

The city of Vienna has anticipated the bridge work to cost $500,000. An exact cost cannot be presented until the final bridge design is decided on, officials said.

The current bridge will be removed in June, and the replacement time is scheduled for two months, Metz said. The proposed detour route will take motorists only a few minutes out of their way to 27th Street, officials said.

“We want to have the replacement finished before school opens back up in August,” Metz said.

In the meantime, a 15-ton weight limit has been imposed on the bridge, Metz said. The weight restriction means that school buses and fire engines must use a different crossing until the bridge replacement is completed, officials said.

Each bridge in West Virginia is inspected every two years, regardless of its size, Metz said.

Vienna officials see the replacement as an opportunity to change the style of the bridge. Although no official design plans have been decided on, the city of Vienna is looking into a single-arch style for the replacement bridge, Metz said.