Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Feb. 29, 2012
BRIDGE PROJECT READY TO BEGIN ON ROUTE 3
Work will rehabilitate Twigg Bridge over Piankatank River between Mathews and Middlesex
FREDERICKSBURG—Bridge rehabilitation work is set to begin on Route 3 over the Piankatank River between Mathews and Middlesex counties.
A $10.9 million contract was awarded by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to Precon Marine, Inc., to repair the John Andrew Twigg Bridge. The project completion date is May 2014.
A citizen information meeting on the project has been scheduled:
Wednesday, March 7
St. Clare Walker Middle School
6814 General Puller Highway
VDOT project officials will be available at the meeting to answer questions, share project plans, and discuss temporary traffic patterns that will be used to sequence traffic flow during construction. No formal presentation will be given. The public can attend at any time between 4-7 p.m. to speak with VDOT representatives.
This project will rehabilitate the two-lane Twigg Bridge, replacing its deck, fenders, and superstructure and repairing portions of the bridge substructure. The existing bridge is structurally deficient.
During construction, traffic on Route 3 will be reduced to one lane on the bridge.
Northbound and southbound Route 3 traffic will take turns crossing the bridge in a single open travel lane. Temporary traffic signals will be placed at each end of the bridge to control traffic during the project.
There will be a width-restriction for vehicles on the bridge during the project. Vehicles wider than 10 feet will be detoured around the bridge.
A concrete barrier will be installed to separate traffic from the work zone on the bridge.
Construction work will begin this spring on the northbound side of the bridge. The northbound travel lane will be closed, and traffic will alternate crossing the bridge in the southbound lane.
A previous citizen information meeting on this project was held on January 21, 2009.
The existing bridge was built between 1952 and 1953. The bridge is 2,092 feet long, and 24 feet wide from curb to curb. The bridge has a navigational clearance at the channel span of 80 feet horizontally, and 43 feet vertically.
It carries an average of 7,245 vehicles a day, according to a VDOT traffic count.
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