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Aug. 14, 2015

Construction of new bridge is more than 50 percent complete

FREDERICKSBURG – With construction more than 50 percent finished on a new Route 17 bridge at Tignor Creek in Essex County, traffic will be shifted Monday, Aug. 17, onto the completed half of the new bridge.

Between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Route 17 traffic will be shifted from the eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes. Motorists may experience brief delays. Travelers should stay alert and proceed with caution as they approach the work zone and new traffic pattern.

When the shift is complete, traffic will be traveling on the newly constructed portion of the bridge. One travel lane will remain open in each direction, with all traffic traveling in the westbound lanes.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reconstructing Route 17 near June Parker Marina in Tappahannock. The project will elevate the road and install a bridge to reduce the occurrence of flooding on Route 17, a hurricane evacuation route, from just north of Marsh Street to just south of Airport Road.

Construction work began in January 2014, and will conclude by May 2016.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $10 million. The project contractor is Bryant Contracting Inc., of Toano, Va.

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