Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179


Sept. 3, 2014

Buses and large trucks will need to use detour until further notice; bridge spans Interstate 295

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is posting the Cold Harbor Road (Route 156) bridge over Interstate 295 in Hanover County to five tons as the result of findings in a recent structural inspection. Earlier this week, bridge inspectors found cracks in support beams. For driver safety, VDOT has decreased the maximum vehicle weight until further inspections can be made.

“The bridge will remain open to normal passenger vehicle traffic, including sport utility vehicles,” said Gary Martin, district bridge engineer. “However, larger vehicles like buses and trucks will need to use an alternate route.” The bridge carries approximately 12,000 vehicles per day. VDOT recommends drivers of vehicles over five tons use the following alternate routes:

  • Eastbound Cold Harbor Road – Take Cold Harbor Road (Route 156) west to Mechanicsville Turnpike (Route 360) east to Bell Creek Road (Route 642) south back to Cold Harbor Road (Route 156).
  • Westbound Cold Harbor Road – Take Bell Creek Road (Route 642) north to Mechanicsville Turnpike (Route 360) west back to Cold Harbor Road (Route 156).

“Further inspections will be completed as soon as possible. A repair schedule can be set soon after.” said Martin.

VDOT will be posting signs on the approaches to the bridge indicating the reduced weight limit today. Local police are responsible for enforcing the restriction.

For more information on VDOT’s bridge inspection program and to see a video of a bridge inspection, visit

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