LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
April 22, 2011
TEMPORARY ROAD TO OPEN AT CHELSEA ROAD IN WEST POINT
New road connecting Route 33 and Chelsea Road opens Wednesday, April 27; Traffic on Route 33 reduced to two lanes starting the week of May 2
FREDERICKSBURG – A temporary road connecting Route 33 and Chelsea Road in West Point will open to vehicle traffic on Wednesday, April 27, and the existing intersection at Route 33 and Chelsea Road will be closed until spring 2012.
The temporary road is adjacent to the existing Chelsea Road and Rt. 33 intersection, at the western end of the Lord Delaware Bridge.
This two-lane temporary road will allow vehicles to travel between Chelsea Road, Glass Island Road and Rt. 33 during upcoming roadway improvements on the approaches to 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. Construction work has begun, and is expected to continue until spring 2012.
On Wednesday, Virginia State Police will provide traffic control assistance as the temporary road is opened. A brief single lane closure on westbound Rt. 33 may be required on Wednesday as the new intersection is opened.
Starting the week of May 2, 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.
From 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 of Rt. 33 will be closed, while traffic uses the eastbound lanes.
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.
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