Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
May 24, 2013
NEW HUGUENOT MEMORIAL BRIDGE OPENS NEXT WEEK
Three months ahead of schedule
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) expects the remaining half of the new Huguenot Memorial Bridge to open to all traffic Tuesday, May 28, weather permitting. Drivers will enjoy a wider and more bike/pedestrian-friendly bridge with one 12-foot travel lane and one 10-foot shoulder in each direction. The wider shoulders will function as both an emergency breakdown lane and an area for cyclists to safely use the bridge. In addition, there will be a 5-foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.
“The contractor, localities and VDOT have been committed since day one to keep this project on schedule,” said District Administrator Tom Hawthorne. “We’re pleased those efforts have resulted in the bridge opening three months ahead of schedule.”
Throughout the day Tuesday, crews will apply new pavement markings on the bridge and approaches. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., expect periodic lane closures and delays of up to 15 minutes. Once complete, drivers will be transitioned to the new traffic pattern. At that time, the Riverside Drive ramps and Riverside Drive on the south end of the bridge will be re-opened. Westham Station Road on the north end of the bridge will remain closed through late June to allow continued work under the bridge.
Contractor, Skanska USA, will complete landscaping, spot paving and other minor construction activities through October. This work will have little to no impact on traffic.
The existing Huguenot Bridge had one 13-foot travel lane, no shoulder and a 4-foot sidewalk on each side. Efforts to build a new bridge in place of the 62-year-old structure began in October 2010. The first half of the new bridge opened to traffic on June 30, 2012. Traffic used the new bridge while contractors demolished the existing structure and built the remainder of the bridge.
The Huguenot Bridge spans the James River and connects the city of Richmond to the south and Henrico County to the north via Huguenot Road (Route 147). Approximately 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day.
To find out more about the Huguenot Bridge reconstruction project, visit www.huguenotbridge.org.
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