Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179


June 28, 2013

Traffic will use detour throughout the summer

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is closing a section of Qualla Road (Route 653) at the bridge over Swift Creek in Chesterfield County for replacement beginning July 8, 2013 at 7 a.m. Advanced corrosion and deterioration found during an inspection in April caused VDOT to post to the bridge to four tons while next steps were determined. 

VDOT will replace the 53 year old bridge under an emergency contract due to the bridge condition and the need to have the bridge reopened before the new school year begins in September.  “Our goal was to have the bridge back in full use by the end of the year,” said Gary Martin, district bridge engineer. “We knew we had to act now to cause as few traffic disruptions as possible.” Qualla Road carries approximately 5,800 vehicles from Newbys Bridge Road to Courthouse Road in Chesterfield.

Drivers in the area can use the following detour routes:

  • Southbound Qualla Road – Take Newbys Bridge Road (Route 651) to Courthouse Road (Route 604) to Iron Bridge Road (Route 10) to Beach Road (Route 655) to Spring Run Road (Route 654) to Qualla Road
  • Northbound Qualla Road – Take Spring Run Road (Route 654) to Beach Road (Route 655) to Iron Bridge Road (Route 10) to Courthouse Road (Route 604) to Newbys Bridge Road (Route 651) to Qualla Road (Route 653).

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