Broad Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project Set to Begin

The Broad Street Bridge’s nine-month rehabilitation project starts on February 19, 2013. A revenue sharing project between the City of Waynesboro and the Virginia Department of Transportation, the 56-year-old bridge carries about 10,000 vehicles daily, but it was rated in serious conditions with deteriorated substructure, a cracked surface and rusty railings, among other things, after annual inspections.

Traffic will be routed to Main Street as work is done on the bridge until the Nov. 5 expected finish date.

Kimberly Watters, the executive director of Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc., made it a point that all businesses on Broad Street will continue to be open during the operation.

“The businesses on Main Street are really going to take advantage,” Watters said. “The ones that are impacted by the Broad Street Bridge, [we] just want to let people know they have no intention of closing. It might be a little difficult to get to them, but they are trying to make it worth it, like what McCoy’s [Furniture] is doing with their big sale … It’s a great opportunity for Main Street business to take up their game.”

Those looking to be impacted by the project are as ready as they can be.

“We’ve told all the carriers it’s going to be a little difficult to go around the building,” said Pete McCoy, the owner of McCoy’s Furniture. “We are just continuing with our promotion and hoping people will come around the block and come and see us.

“We’ve been running an inventory clearance. We really haven’t done a lot of [marketing]. We are just trying to get the word out that we are open. Our concern is being able to receive [products]. We will lose a little bit of our parking lot. The people who are doing the bridge, they have assured us that they will do everything they can to not be in our way. The town has been really responsive to us. We know, in the long run, it’s going to be a real good thing.”

For some businesses, a boost would be nice but not necessarily expected.

“We don’t know yet,” said Chris Krupa, the manager of Heritage on Main. “We have to wait and kind of see what happens. I don’t know how much it is going to affect us. We will be happy to accommodate any new business.”

Reprinted from the February 19, 2013 News Virginian