A drop in traffic
Several Sperryville business folks we’ve talked to lately say they’ve noticed a drop in traffic this summer – undoubtedly due to both the missing U. S. 522 bridge over the Thornton, and the noise and dust that replacing the 83- year- old steel span has necessarily brought to the village.
Meanwhile, the most recent drop involved VDOT’s contractors carefully dropping the wider, stronger replacement structure into place on its expanded concrete abutments. In these photos taken last Thursday ( July 19) by Don Audette, the bridge was an easy lift for the crane capable of 225- ton loads. Decking and a roadbed still need to be applied to the bridge – and VDOT authorities this week asked local businesses if it would be all right if they worked over the next two weekends to help them finish by their Aug. 27 deadline.