Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 19, 2014

Bramwell to replace bridges

BRAMWELL — Plans are in the works to replace two bridges linking different sections of Bramwell.

Mayor Louise Stoker said the state Department of Highways has been working for three years on getting two bridges, the Yon-Peraldo Bridge and the Kate Hewitt Bridge, replaced.

The Yon-Peraldo Bridge connects Bluestone Avenue to downtown Bramwell, and the Kate Hewitt Bridge is at the east end of Main Street, Stoker said. The Kate Hewitt Bridge is the older of the two structures.

“They will have to arrange detours, but in the end, we will have two new, safe, beautiful bridges,” Stoker said. “The new bridges will be safer to travel, maybe with heavier vehicles. At present, there’s a weight limit on each of the bridges.”

Tom Camden, supervisor for District 10 of the State Department of Highways, contacted DOH officials in Charleston and collected information about the replacement bridges.

The new Yon-Peraldo Bridge will be a wider, two-span structure designed to be almost identical in appearance to the current span, DOH officials said. It will be positioned on almost the same alignment as the current bridge. The proposed bridge’s width is 18 feet with a 5-foot sidewalk.

None of the bridge’s existing historic structures will be damaged or disturbed, DOH officials said.

This project has both state and federal funding with an estimated construction cost of $2,380,000.

The current Kate Hewitt Bridge is a two-span steel pony truss bridge with a  roadway width of 11 feet and 5 inches curb-to-curb, state officials said. The proposed bridge is a two-span, prefabricated pony truss with a curb-to-curb width of 15 feet supported by a full-height concrete abutment with an artificial stone façade along the existing alignment.

Both state and federal funding will pay for the new bridge. The estimated construction cost is $1,717,000.

A construction date has not yet been set.

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