Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
July 2, 2008
ROUTE 5 BRIDGE TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT JULY 10
Motorists asked to make alternate travel plans or use detour
As a result, travelers will use the following detour (see map). Due to the length of this detour (63 miles), motorists are encouraged to make alternate travel plans, if possible, or allow for a minimum of 1 ½ hours additional travel time. Arrangements have been made to allow emergency vehicles access across the bridge.
From Charles City County (eastbound Rt. 5)
- Route 155 north in Charles City County
- To Route 60 east in New Kent County
- To Route 614 south in James City County
- Back to Route 5
From James City County (westbound Rt. 5)
- Route 614 north in James City County
- To Route 60 west in James City County, through New Kent County
- To Route 155 south in New Kent County, through Charles City County
- Back to Route 5
During the closure, construction crews will begin pouring the concrete deck for the new Rt. 5 bridge. In order to expedite the concrete installation, the contractor, Skanska, Inc., will need to place equipment on the existing bridge. For safety reasons, motorists will be restricted from using the bridge during this activity. Restricting traffic will also allow the contractor to complete the new bridge six weeks ahead of schedule.
“By finishing the project sooner than we had planned, we reduce the potential that motorists will encounter a lengthy closure due to repairs to the existing bridge,” said VDOT Richmond District Administrator Tom Hawthorne.
VDOT plans to close the bridge five additional nights (non-consecutive) over the next five months to expedite the concrete deck installation for the new bridge. A recent traffic count for the Route 5 bridge indicated 89 motorists use the bridge between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The $44 million project ($33.6 million for construction) to replace the existing bridge is currently seven months ahead of schedule and under budget. With the expedited schedule, traffic is expected to be shifted over to the new bridge by late Dec. 2008, nine months ahead of the projected Sept. 2009 completion. Once two-way traffic is shifted over to the new bridge, the existing bridge will be demolished, with final project completion anticipated by July 2010.
Once complete, the new bridge will rise 52 feet above the river, allowing boats to travel underneath without the need for a bridge opening. In addition, pedestrians and bicyclists will enjoy safer access across the river via the separate shared-use path.
For more information about this closure or the Route 5 bridge construction project, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/rt._5_bridge_over_the_chickahominy_river.asp.
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