Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
July 18, 2008
ROUTE 5 BRIDGE HEIGHT RESTRICTION FOR MARINE TRAFFIC
52-foot maximum height requirement starts July 28
The U.S. Coast Guard recommended VDOT design the new, fixed-span bridge to be 52 feet above the river during mean high tide in order to accommodate the majority of vessels that navigate the Chickahominy River. The fixed-span design allows boaters to travel under the bridge without the need for a bridge opening. In addition, motorists will enjoy an uninterrupted drive across the river. The existing 69-year-old bridge functions as a swing-span, meaning it pivots on its axis to allow boats to pass through its opening rather than lifting upward like a drawbridge.
Boaters will continue to access the channel via the existing bridge by notifying the bridge tender via marine radio channel 13. Once two-way traffic is shifted over to the new bridge in late 2008, the existing bridge will be demolished.
The $44 million project ($33.6 million for construction) to replace the existing bridge is currently seven months ahead of schedule and under budget. Final project completion is anticipated by July 2010.
More information about the Route 5 bridge construction project.
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