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Oct. 31, 2017

Construction ahead of schedule, bridge to the Town of Courtland opens early to traffic

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va.- More than 100 people came out on Thursday to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new Route 35 Bridge to the Town of Courtland. Many in the crowd were Courtland business owners and residents who were some of the first to drive over the new bridge in a ceremonial ride.

Construction on the Route 35 Bridge over the Nottoway River began on January 5, 2015, and 283 days later, the new bridge opened to traffic on October 15, 2015. The new bridge replaced the former Route 35 Bridge, originally built in 1928.

The new bridge has several important safety features, including:

  • 12’ travel lanes with 8’ shoulders
  • 26’ foot clearance over mean high water levels, 8’ feet higher than the old bridge
  • Bridge is 900’ long, 40’ wide, with 400’ approaches in each direction.
  • Decorative lighting, chosen by the Courtland Business Panel as an additional feature

The bridge was built using a design-build project delivery model. The lead contractor was Waterfront Marine Construction, with a design team from AECOM (formerly known as URS). Eighty percent of the funding for the bridge came from the federal government, with the remaining 20 percent provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Currently, the project is on time and on budget, but there will be limited single-lane closures overnight on the bridge until the project is completed on November 30, 2015.


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