Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
May 23, 2013
ROUTE 618 BRIDGE OVER CHICKAHOMINY RIVER CLOSED
Inspection reveals advanced corrosion
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has closed the Route 618 (Adkins Road) bridge over the Chickahominy River in Charles City County due to findings of advanced corrosion and deterioration during a structural inspection earlier today. For drivers’ safety, the bridge will remain closed to allow bridge engineers to further evaluate the structure and determine the extent of repairs needed.
“We’d rather close the bridge than risk drivers’ safety,” says Gary Martin, district bridge engineer. “Once we determine the extent of the deterioration, we can move forward with plans to repair or replace the bridge.” The bridge carries approximately 1,200 vehicles per day between Charles City and New Kent counties.
VDOT recommends drivers use the following detour routes:
- Westbound Route 618 – Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) east to Route 155 (S. Courthouse Road) south to Route 602 (S. Lott Cary Road) west to return to Route 618 (Adkins Road)
- Eastbound Route 618 – Route 602 (S. Lott Cary Road) east to Route 155 (S. Courthouse Road) north to Route 60 (Pocahontas Trail) west to return to Route 618 (Adkins Road)
The Route 618 bridge over the Chickahominy River was last inspected in August 2011. At that time, a visual inspection indicated the structure was in fair condition. Based on recent findings for bridges of this type, VDOT conducted a follow up inspection today. This assessment revealed hidden corrosion that can only be determined by an in-depth inspection.
VDOT has posted electronic message signs at intersections near the bridge to notify drivers of the closure and has directional signs posted along the 10-mile detour route. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their destination.
For more information on VDOT’s bridge inspection program and to see a video of a bridge inspection, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/info/bridge.asp.
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