Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
March 16, 2011
HUGUENOT BRIDGE CLOSING MARCH 26 FOR INSPECTION
Pothole patching continues March 26-27
Snooper truck inspecting the Norris Bridge over the Rappahannock River
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the Huguenot Memorial Bridge on Saturday, March 26 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting, to allow bridge engineers to inspect a deteriorated joint on the south end of the bridge and make repairs if needed. This assessment is necessary to maintain the integrity of the 62 year old bridge during the ongoing reconstruction project.
“If there was a way to do this inspection and maintain traffic on the bridge at the same time, we’d do that,” says Gary Martin, Richmond District bridge engineer. “The equipment we use to inspect the bridge takes up roughly two lanes of traffic.” A truck called a “snooper” is positioned on the bridge deck above the area to be inspected. The inspectors stand inside a bucket enclosure and a hydraulic-powered arm lowers them over the side of the bridge and under the structure. The truck is secured with outriggers to prevent it from tipping over.
VDOT recommends drivers use the following alternate routes:
- Northbound Huguenot Road - Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) north over the Willey Bridge to River Road east to Huguenot Road or use Powhite Parkway/Route 76 (toll) east into Richmond
- Southbound Huguenot Road – River Road west to Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) south to Huguenot Road
In addition, a maintenance crew will patch potholes on the bridge during the closure Saturday, weather permitting. They will continue the patching on Sunday, March 27 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. using flaggers to alternate one lane of traffic over the bridge. Drivers should expect delays and use an alternate route if possible.
The Huguenot Bridge is a major transportation artery over the James River connecting Richmond city limits to the south and Henrico County to the north via Huguenot Road (Route 147). Approximately 28,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day.
The bridge inspection and pothole patching are part of routine maintenance and are not associated with the current Huguenot Bridge reconstruction project. Construction of the new bridge remains on schedule with completion expected in October 2013. For more information about the Huguenot Bridge project or to sign up for e-mail updates, visit www.huguenotbridge.org.
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