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Jennifer Gwaltney 757-925-2583
Jennifer.Gwaltney@vdot.virginia.gov

HRO-73907

June 17, 2014



BERKLEY BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS PATHWAY SAFETY MEASURES IMPLEMENTED

NORFOLK– Effective today, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has implemented immediate measures to enhance safety for public use of the Berkley Bridge pedestrian access pathway.  

VDOT conducted a review following an incident this past weekend on the pedestrian access pathway involving a bicyclist. Based on the review, VDOT has modified procedures for access to the bridge, which restrict bridge tenders from utilizing vehicles for shift changes. Bridge tenders must now walk or utilize a motorized cart. When a vehicle is required, it will be accompanied by a walking spotter to identify any potential safety issues.

In addition to the improved safety procedures, VDOT has scheduled the installation of  traffic control devices to deter motor vehicles from entering the pathway. The devices  will not interfere with pedestrian and bicyclist access. VDOT will continue to evaluate further safety measures that may include additional signage and other traffic control devices and/or markings to provide optimum safety for the public.

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