Contributed by Prince William County Office of Communications
Work on Rollins Ford Road between Vint Hill and Linton Hall roads continues to be on time and within budget, which means commuters should be able to save 10 to 15 minutes on their commute times when the two roads are connected in May of 2014.
“Currently there are two ways for residents in this area to get from Vint Hill Road to Linton Hall Road. That’s by going through Glenkirk Road or by going down Sudley Manor Drive,” said Leonard (Lenny) Coleman, Construction Manager for Prince William County Department of Transportation.
The bulk of the remaining work is on a four-lane bridge spanning Broad Run, which accounts for $6 million in spending for the $15.1 million construction contract, which is part of the County’s 2006 Bond Referendum.
“You’ll have 365-foot double-span, twin bridges; one bridge for the southbound and one bridge for the northbound,” Coleman said. “It’s a pretty big, long bridge.”
Coleman said the project’s timeline could have been thrown off track since they had to blast through rock to build the roadway because the blasting might have disturbed the protected American Bald Eagles that were nesting nearby.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the County consultant and the Department’s Inspector helped monitor the eagle’s nest during construction to see when the eagles were in the nest and when they were away. “As soon as the eagles left, controlled blasting resumed,” Coleman said. “The eagle was able to have its chick and also use its nest throughout the duration of the project.”
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