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July 11, 2014



BENJAMIN HARRISON BRIDGE CLOSURES EXPECTED THROUGH NOVEMBER
Crews will work on two projects during four day closures

Benjamin Harrison Bridge/Route 156 (Prince George/Charles City) – The Benjamin Harrison Bridge will be closed for four day periods beginning July 21 through November 2014 for work on two bridge improvement projects. The 47 year old bridge’s original auxiliary drive, which raises and lowers the lift span, will be replaced. Additionally, crews will make preventive maintenance repairs to the bridge’s superstructure, including deck patching and beam repairs.

“We are fortunate to be able to work on both projects during the closures, which will reduce traffic impacts considerably,” said bridge engineer Gary Martin, “Once the auxiliary drive replacement is complete, we’ll only need single lane closures through mid 2015 to finish the superstructure repairs.”

The first two closures are scheduled for 7 a.m. July 21 through 7 a.m. July 25 and 7 a.m. August 4 through 7 a.m. August 8. Local drivers are encouraged to use the posted detour:

  • Take Jordan Point Road (Route 106/156) south to Route 10 west. Take Interstate 295 north to Route 5 (Exit 22A) back to Jordan Point Road (Route 106/156).

Through travelers can use Interstates 295 and 64 or the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry as alternate routes to the Hampton Roads area. The bridge carries approximately 4,500 vehicles per day.

The lift span will remain open during closures to allow marine traffic passage. For more information about the Benjamin Harrison Bridge improvements, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/richmond/benjamin_harrison_bridge_improvements.asp.

For the latest real-time traffic information or road conditions, call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org.  

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