Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179


Sept. 14, 2012


COLONIAL HEIGHTS — From 9 p.m. Sunday through 5 a.m. Monday, crews will repair a bearing seat under the Huguenot Bridge (Route 147) as part of the ongoing bridge reconstruction project. As a safety precaution, traffic will use a detour during the repair.  

VDOT recommends Huguenot Road drivers use the following detour routes:

  • Northbound – 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 – River Road west to Chippenham Parkway (Route 150) south to Huguenot Road

“Although this bearing seat does not have an immediate impact on the overall integrity or safety of the bridge, we want the contractor to address this issue now to prevent the need for costly maintenance years later,” said Mike Saunders, project manager. The construction contractor will accept all costs associated with this repair.

In order to repair the bearing seat, a jack will slightly lift a section of structural steel under the bridge. Traffic will be restricted to prevent unnecessary weight or movement on top of the bridge during the repair.

The contractor is currently demolishing the old bridge and installing beams to support the riding surface for the second half of the new structure. This section is expected to be completed and open to drivers in summer 2013. The $54.5 million project is currently on schedule for final completion in October 2013.

The Huguenot Bridge spans the James River and connects Richmond city limits to the south and Henrico County to the north via Huguenot Road. Approximately 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. To find out more about the Huguenot Bridge reconstruction project or to sign up for project updates, visit


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