LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
March 29, 2011
ROUTE 33 IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN WEST POINT TO BEGIN THIS WEEK
Traffic on Rt. 33 will narrow from four lanes to two lanes at the West Point Creek Bridge approaches
FREDERICKSBURG – Roadway improvements on the approaches to the West Point Creek Bridge will require lane closures on Route 33 in West Point over the next 12 months.
Traffic on Rt. 33 will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes in the work zone, with one lane of traffic always open in each direction, starting in late May.
Residents may notice workers mobilizing in the project area this week. The project work zone begins 200 ft. east of the West Point Creek Bridge, and ends 200 ft. west of the West Point Creek Bridge.
The $2.4 million project will prevent further settling of the roadway on the bridge approaches. A concrete slab, supported by piles, will be installed beneath the roadway approaches to the bridge to halt settling and avoid future maintenance expenses.
From mid-May to early fall, the eastbound lanes of Rt. 33 will be closed while traffic will be maintained in the westbound lanes. During the project’s second phase, from late fall to spring of 2012, the westbound lanes will be closed, while traffic uses the eastbound lanes.
A temporary road will be constructed to maintain traffic at all times to Chelsea Road and Glass Island Road in West Point. Workers will begin to construct this temporary road the week of March 28, so it will be completed prior to lane closures on Rt. 33.
Rt. 33 connects with Interstate 64 in New Kent County and U.S. 17. in Gloucester County. Motorists traveling through West Point on Rt. 33 can anticipate additional travel time through the project work zone during peak travel periods.
VDOT will post notices on connector routes leading to the West Point Creek Bridge, informing drivers of the project.
Traffic signal timing along the Rt. 33 corridor will be adjusted when lanes are closed to efficiently move vehicles through the work zone.
The project completion date is May 20, 2012.
The project was awarded to Bryant Contracting, Inc., of Toano, Va.
A citizen information meeting on the project will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 at the West Point Business Center, 621 Main Street, in West Point. VDOT and project officials will be available to answer questions.
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