LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344


Oct. 17, 2011

Heavier trucks and vehicles may not cross Route 223 bridge to Gwynn’s Island before repair

FREDERICKSBURG—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will post a weight restriction this month for heavier trucks and vehicles on the Route 223 (River’s Edge Road) bridge over Milford Haven in Mathews County.


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


A scheduled annual inspection of the bridge found evidence of deterioration among steel beams that support the bridge’s grid deck. Deterioration can be caused by several factors, including age of the structure and weather conditions.


The weight restriction for vehicles and trucks will be 10 tons for single-unit trucks or vehicles, and 15 tons for tractor-trailers.


Signs have been ordered that will communicate the weight restriction on the bridge to motorists. Signs are expected to arrive and be posted by VDOT on Friday, Oct. 21.


A design for a repair to the bridge is underway. At this time, the weight restrictions are anticipated to be in place for approximately 12 months due to the time needed for design of the repair, and then completion of the repair work.


The Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven was built in 1938, and had rehabilitation performed in 1967. The bridge was painted in 1999, and the concrete approach span was rehabilitated in 2008. The bridge is inspected annually by VDOT engineers.


It is a swing span moveable bridge, and has two travel lanes. The bridge is 732 feet long and 25.9 feet wide.


No impact is anticipated for water vessels traveling below the drawbridge.


The bridge is classified as functionally obsolete, which is defined as a bridge that does not provide the capacity to meet the current traffic volume demand of existing conditions.


An average of 2,215 vehicles a day cross the Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven.


Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at



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