Transportation/Traffic

Photos: The bridge goes on

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July 19
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Don Audette's photos of the replacement Sperryville bridge being hoisted into place over the Thornton River on Thursday (July 19).
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VDOT traffic alerts, July 9-13

Excerpted from the Virginia Department of Transporation (VDOT) weekly bulletin of highway work scheduled, weather permitting, in VDOT’s Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones. Route 522 (Sperryville Pike) – Bridge restoration. Road closed at bridge over Thornton River, April 30-August 27. Motorists...
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Truck’s shortcut cuts power

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June 28

Detour signs forbidding commercial truck traffic from Sperryville’s Main Street while the U.S. 522 bridge is under construction were missed or ignored early Friday by a tractor trailer operator, whose failed, illegal right turn from Main Street onto eastbound U.S. 211 tied up traffic and turned off power to the village for about an...
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Photos: Bridge up, but not out

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Contractors remove the steel span of Sperryville's soon-to-be-replaced U.S. 522 bridge -- and a local Realtor-farmer snatches it up (but very carefully).
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Letter: Local VDOT heads off Attack of the Cones

Susan McCarthy, Eve Willis and I want to publicly thank David Cubbage and the whole local VDOT crew for coming to our aid recently. In case you haven’t noticed (joke), they are replacing the bridge from Sperryville to U.S. 211 near the old Schoolhouse. Since that was a main route to our shop, Monkey...
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Sperryville column for May 31

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May 31

Original edibles from Sperryville! Music news, both local and international, and Main Street beautification to enjoy at a leisurely 25 mph speed limit.
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VDOT Traffic Alert: May 25-June 1

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The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones. Over the Memorial Day weekend, VDOT will remove lane closures and temporary work zones for interstate and roadway projects. Lane closures will be lifted from noon...
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Bridges out, worries in town

Tractor-trailer attempting acute angle left turn onto Main Street Sperryville from U.S. 211 west. He backed up and went over the mountain.

A difficult and unhappy traffic situation has developed on the village’s few and narrow thoroughfares – for residents seeking quiet, children and dog-walkers seeking safe passage and through traffic seeking to make any sort of haste.
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The Sperryville bridge: some background

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May 13
VDOT's simulation of the new bridge over the south fork of the Thornton River at U.S. 522.

Some historical background on the U.S. 522 Sperryville bridge.
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Out of town on a rail

From the Bekins website: "Since 1891, Bekins has been providing our customers with the best value and service. No other van line has more experience than Bekins."

Trucks should not be in Sperryville while the U.S. 211 bridge is being rebuilt. How you and your camera/phone can help stamp out commercial truck-driver illiteracy and make the village, and its guardrails, safe again.
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Sperryville’s little bridge, retired at 82

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May 10
The bridge as it looked in late April 2012.

Until VDOT began building its replacement last week, the Sperryville bridge was a brave little bridge. Day and night, for 82 years, it helped vehicles cross the south branch of the Thornton River at Sperryville.
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Sperryville column for April 12

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April 12
FIN-ISH FURNITURE: Old Hollow Artisans was born, and built this bench outside the Corner Store/Thornton River Grille, after avid fly fisherman Mike Fitzhugh and his wife, Jenny,were inspired by a trout-themed bench he saw in Colorado.

Meet Old Hollow Artisans, learn from master gardeners and naturalists, and enjoy music by Madalele! Bridge update too!
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Letter: RappRides needs more riders

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April 12

RappRides is an all-volunteer system that takes seniors on shopping trips to Warrenton, Culpeper, Luray, and Front Royal on successive Fridays. RappRides just completed its first full month and the verdict is in. Seniors love it. More than a dozen went on trips in March. They and others at the Senior Center look forward...
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Governor amends, vetoes numerous bills

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Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday recommended changing some of the requirements in legislation requiring voters to show identification on Election Day. McDonnell announced that he was recommending changes to 130 laws approved by the General Assembly and that he was vetoing seven bills.
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Sperryville column for March 29

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March 29
NEIGHBOR Amber Dodson models one of Beech Spring’s Easter hats.

Bridge repair update, tasty Easter treats (and fashion!), and Old Rag Gallery greets spring with a reopening reception.
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Committee will craft state budget compromise

Capital News Service

A legislative conference committee soon will begin deliberations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the state budget, which would take effect on July 1.
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Sperryville column for March 15

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March 15
ROOF WORK: The Sperryville School House auditorium, closed since a fire in the heating system in late November, is getting a new roof and will soon reopen for community activities.

Time for bridge replacement and Schoolhouse repairs, Beatlemania and Bug-zooka, photography classes, and more in Sperryville this week.
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Issue of the day: infrastructure

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Infrastructure, bridge replacements, tourism statistics, school budget and Castleton's polling place.
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Sperryville column for Feb. 16

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Feb. 16

News about bridges; Sperryville Rescue's volunteer award winners; guest columnist ahead.
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Castleton venue can now seat 650

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Hosts of the summer’s annual Castleton Festival are now allowed to increase the seating capacity for their classical music and opera events by more than 60 percent.
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Neighbors to appeal B&B ruling

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Neighbors of a once-controversial home on Clark Lane – controversial because its owner was illegally using it as a B&B – say they will fight the prospective new owners’ plans to use it for the same purpose, though legally.
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‘Worst road’ almost claims another

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A tricky turn on Route 729 almost claimed another life last week.
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Letter: Arrestingly lovely

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I have been visiting relatives in the Sperryville area for holidays for the past five years. I am told of how Massies Corner, where you get from Lee Highway to Front Royal, has had a high number of car accidents. I think I know why. It is because the view, when you arrive at...
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County’s resources: on the rise?

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Oct. 28, 2011
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When Richard Lykes died in February 2009, he left the majority of his estate – about $2 million – to the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. His only stipulation was that the money be used to benefit Rappahannock County, his adopted home. It is up to NPCF executive director Cole Johnson, and the rest of...
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Bridge work in Harris Hollow

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The Virginia Department of Transportation will be replacing the bridge on Route 624 (Sunnyside Orchard Road) over the Rush River, a project that will require the closing of the roadway at this location from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Aug. 16. The work will also require closing Route 622 (Harris Hollow Road) at...
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Bridge closed until Aug. 12

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will extend the closure of a bridge on Route 637 (North Poes Road) in Rappahannock County until Aug. 12. The bridge was closed July 15 after damage was discovered during a scheduled inspection. The bridge, which crosses the Jordan River 0.4 mile north of Route 647 (Crest Hill...
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Bridge update

Update: In a July 28 email to the county administrator, a VDOT spokesman now says the bridge will be closed into September, and also that scheduled repairs this summer to the Route 624 (Sunnyside Orchard Road) bridge will be delayed because of the North Poes Road repairs. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today...
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Road funds go from $179K to ‘nothing’

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April 28, 2011
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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has allotted Rappahannock County $28,188 for road projects during fiscal year 2011-12. At this month’s board of supervisors meeting, County Administrator John McCarthy described this amount as “nothing.” Furthermore, VDOT’s estimated annual allocations through 2017 is about $26,500. If the county puts all the allocations for the next...
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Letter: Solid work in the Hollow

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April 21, 2011
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Wow, what a wonderful and pleasant surprise! Hats off to VDOT as well as to Rappahannock County and the diligent workers involved in constructing the great new bridge on Harris Hollow Road. The crew also deserves additional accolades for completing the work an entire week ahead of schedule. While the rest of Harris Hollow...
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AT&T cell towers are a done deal

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April 7, 2011
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Welcomed or not, the cell tower configuration for Rappahannock County is on course to be in operation as early as this fall. In its Monday night meeting, the board of supervisors approved the last of five AT&T cell facility applications.
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Letter: A damaging detour

The bridge crossing the Rush River in Harris Hollow is closed  for repairs. Workmen are replacing the superstructure with cast-concrete supports. Photo by Roger L. Foster.

While I am thankful and grateful to the county and state for the replacement of the bridge on Harris Hollow Road, did it ever occur to the planning committee who orchestrated, funded and approved the project the dire, pathetic, and unsafe condition of Gid Brown Hollow, the only alternative route? The ruts, furrows and...
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Sperryville column for April 7

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April 7, 2011
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Traffic developments, knitting classes, another friendly face at the post office, sweeping Sperryville clean and Earth Day notes.
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Supervisors sort through traffic, redistricting and . . . trash

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March 10, 2011

Thirteen items awaited the attention of the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors at its regular monthly meeting Monday afternoon at the county courthouse. Highlights included the audit of county finances, redistricting, improving pedestrian safety in Sperryville, reciprocal trash transfer site usage by Rappahannock and Culpeper residents and funding of local Civil War sesquicentennial events. Rappahannock...
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Photo: Somebody’s watching you

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Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Sisk watches the radar display — it ought to say 25 or less — on a recent morning in Sperryville, part of Sheriff Connie Smith’s stepped-up patrols directed at speeders in Sperryville, Flint Hill, Washington, Woodville and elsewhere. The effort netted 51 citations in four days last week, Smith...
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The Rapp for March 3

Delaney Haught, Lily Endre and Kristiana Krebs-Turner practice their roles in Hearthstone’s "Fiddler on the Roof."

Kid Pan Alley is back home for songwriting residencies and a concert March 18; Cooter will be back with a "Hazzard Homecoming" in August; "Fiddler on the Roof" debuts at Belle Meade School; an aging bridge in Harris Hollow will be closed for repairs for a month starting March 14; Irish stamps will be...
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Sperryville column for March 3

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March 3, 2011
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A visit with Sperryville's 12-year-old glassblowing master-to-be; Mount Vernon's inn-to-be; dates and driving speeds to remember.
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Developer seeks input on Clevenger’s project

Centex's proposal to build upward of 800 homes at Clevenger's Corner has been dormant since it was approved several years ago, but a village designed for 125 acres across the road is moving ahead.
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Editorial: Who’ll pay the price at Clevenger’s Corner?

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Jan. 27, 2011
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The wheels of “progress” are now in motion at Clevenger’s Corner, just across the border in Culpeper County, and there is precious little that we in Rappahannock County can do to affect the direction or speed of such progress. Or maybe there is? In a savvy gesture of good will and smart politics, Jim...
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Huntly man dies in 522 accident

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A Huntly man died Dec. 29 after a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 522 in northern Rappahannock County. Jerry Lee Gray Sr., 51, died of his injuries while being transported to a hospital in Warren County, according to Sgt. Les Tyler of the Virginia State Police. Statewide, on the extended Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends before...
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Cell tower OK’d by planners

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Dec. 23, 2010
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The Rappahannock County Planning Commission last Wednesday unanimously voted to recommend approval of AT&T’s application for the first of five proposed cell towers in the county. The matter will come before the board of supervisors for a final vote at its Jan. 3 meeting. The vote Wednesday night came after roughly half of the...
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