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Sept. 4, 2014



UPDATE: FURTHER INSPECTIONS OF COLD HARBOR ROAD BRIDGE PROMPT REMOVAL OF RECENT WEIGHT LIMIT RESTRICTION
Previously identified cracks ruled superficial following in-depth inspection and testing; structure is deemed safe for travel

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Following a recent weight limit restriction of the Cold Harbor Road (Route 156) bridge over Interstate 295, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has conducted further in-depth inspections and, as a result, lifted the weight limit restriction. Inspectors found that the cracks identified earlier in the week are purely superficial and do not extend into the structure of the bridge.

“The bridge posting was a precautionary measure following a visual inspection. We take the appearance of cracks very seriously and wanted to investigate further rather than risk the safety of drivers,” said Gary Martin, district bridge engineer, “We were able to quickly polish and test the areas appearing to be cracked and found that no structural cracks exist.”

The signage indicating the weight limit restrictions have been removed and normal travel has resumed.

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