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FRED-55501

Dec. 14, 2011



NEW WEIGHT LIMIT ON ROUTE 223 BRIDGE IN MATHEWS
Temporary repairs were completed last week on bridge to Gwynn’s Island

FREDERICKSBURG—Repairs were completed last week on a bridge over Milford Haven on Route 223 (Cricket Hill Road) in Mathews County, raising the weight limit for vehicles that can cross the structure.

 

The new weight limit is 21 tons for single-unit trucks or vehicles, and 25 tons for tractor-trailers. New signs have been posted at the bridge communicating the updated weight limits.

 

Steel beams were strengthened on the bridge with additional support, allowing heavier vehicles to cross.

 

A permanent repair to the Route 223 bridge is scheduled to be advertised for construction in September 2012. Construction work would begin in early 2013, and would conclude in 2014. The permanent repair will allow vehicles with blanket and overload permits to cross the bridge.

 

The Route 223 bridge is the only roadway crossing to Gwynn’s Island from mainland Mathews County.

 

 Earlier this year, a scheduled annual inspection of the Route 223 bridge at Milford Haven found evidence of deterioration among steel beams that support the bridge’s grid deck.

 

A weight restriction for vehicles and trucks on the bridge was posted on Oct. 21 at 10 tons for single-unit trucks or vehicles, and 15 tons for tractor-trailers. The repair by VDOT forces last week raised these limits.

 

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