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Aug. 29, 2013

Vehicle traffic can continue to cross bridge over Milford Haven at Gwynn’s Island

FREDERICKSBURG – The Route 223 bridge at Milford Haven in Mathews County cannot be opened for marine traffic over Labor Day weekend due to emergency repair work.

Vehicle traffic may continue to cross the bridge.

The Route 223 bridge has a moveable swing span, which opens frequently to allow marine traffic to pass. On Sunday, Aug. 25, while the bridge was open for a boat crossing, the main shaft broke. The bridge was closed manually, restoring the ability of vehicle traffic to cross the bridge.

This week, VDOT designed a replacement main shaft, which must be fabricated to fit custom measurements. A response is expected early next week from manufacturers on the amount of time required to fabricate and install a new main shaft. VDOT will announce the repair schedule as soon as it is available next week.

Vessels that do not require a bridge opening may continue to pass underneath the bridge.

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 spans were rehabilitated in 2008. The bridge is inspected annually by VDOT engineers.

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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