Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


Aug. 22, 2013

Public is invited to learn more about upcoming Route 223 bridge rehabilitation in Mathews County

FREDERICKSBURG—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) invites the public to attend a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, to learn more about upcoming work to rehabilitate the Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven in Mathews County.


This bridge connects Gwynn’s Island with the mainland of Mathews County.


“Pardon Our Dust” Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 2013

7 p.m.

Gwynn’s Island Civic Center

1990 Old Ferry Road

Mathews, VA


VDOT staff will deliver a presentation starting at 7 p.m. Staff will be available to present construction plans and maps, provide information materials, and answer questions.


The existing Route 223 bridge was built in 1939 and will be undergoing rehabilitation. It has a posted weight limit of 25 tons for tractor-trailers.


The rehabilitation project will replace or rehabilitate deteriorated members and elements in the bridge truss, floor system, steel grid deck, rest piers and tender house. After the project is completed, the bridge will have no posted weight limit.


Construction work will begin in September 2013 and conclude by April 2014.


During construction, traffic on Route 223 will be reduced to one lane on the bridge. 

Northbound and southbound Route 223 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.

Construction will begin on the southbound side of the bridge. The southbound travel lane will be closed, and traffic will alternate crossing the bridge in the northbound lane. Barrels and channeling devices will be used to separate traffic from the work zone on the bridge.


After repairs are complete in the southbound lane, the pattern will be reversed and repairs made in the northbound lane.


A width restriction will be in place on the bridge during construction. Vehicles wider than 9 feet, 6 inches will not be allowed to cross the bridge.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.9 million. The project contractor is Curtis Contracting, Inc.

Approximately 2,100 vehicles a day cross the bridge, according to a VDOT traffic count.

For anyone unable to attend the “Pardon Our Dust” meeting, all materials will be posted to the project website on Thursday, Sept. 5.



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