Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
May 28, 2014
VDOT POSTING THE RIVER ROAD BRIDGE IN CHESTERFIELD COUNTY TO FOUR TONS
Buses and large trucks impacted
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is posting the River Road (Route 602) bridge over Winterpock Creek in Chesterfield County to four tons as the result of findings in a recent structural inspection. Earlier this week, bridge inspectors found that the substructure had settled as a result of moving water and erosion underneath. For driver safety, VDOT has decreased the maximum vehicle weight to reduce the amount of stress on the 54 year old bridge. VDOT engineers are exploring repair options; a repair schedule is forthcoming.
“The bridge can withstand normal passenger vehicle traffic,” says Gary Martin, district bridge engineer. “However, larger vehicles like buses and trucks will need to use an alternate route.” The bridge carries approximately 1,600 vehicles per day. VDOT recommends drivers of vehicles over four tons use the following 4.5 mile detour routes:
- Eastbound River Road – Take Black Road (Route 603) north to Winterpock Road (Route 621) west to Coalboro Road south back to River Road (Route 602) east.
- Westbound River Road – Take Coalboro Road north to Winterpock Road (Route 621) east to Black Road (Route 603) south back to River Road (Route 602) west.
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 http://www.virginiadot.org/info/bridge.asp.