A drop in traf­fic

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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.

Pho­tos by Don Audette

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