$12 million federal grant to rehabilitate Interstate 64 bridge in Rockbridge County

POSTED: 03:29 PM EDT Sep 05, 2013    UPDATED: 03:29 PM EDT Sep 05, 2013 

A nearly $12 million federal grant is headed to Virginia to rehabilitate both spans of a 1976-vintage bridge along Interstate 64 in Rockbridge County.

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez announced the $11.9 million so-called TIGER grant Thursday at the Virginia Department of Transportation in Richmond. It is among 52 transportation projects nationwide receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation under the TIGER program.

TIGER is an acronym for transportation investment generating economic recovery.

The Virginia grant will cover most of the $20 million cost of the Lexington-area work, with the state picking up the rest. The work will include steel and deck repairs.

While deemed safe, transportation officials say the bridge is deteriorating and its repair costs will only escalate.

The work is expected to begin next year.