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Route 223 Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Bridge at Milford Haven at Gwynn's Island, Mathews County

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
Sept. 9, 2013

Est Completion Date
April 29, 2014

Approximately $2.9 Million

Curtis Contracting, Inc.


Scott Shropshire, VDOT Area Construction Engineer
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager

Project Overview

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to rehabilitate the bridge over Milford Haven on Route 223 in Mathews County from September 2013 to April 2014. This bridge connects Gwynn's Island with the mainland of Mathews County. 

Currently, the bridge has a posted weight limit of 25 tons for tractor-trailers. VDOT's goal is to rehabilitate the bridge to reduce or eliminate this weight restriction. 

VDOT held a "Pardon Our Dust" meeting on this project on Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Click Here to view the project fact sheet from the meeting. 

Project Details

During construction, traffic on Route 223 will be reduced to one lane on the bridge. 

Northbound and southbound Route 223 traffic will take turns crossing the bridge in a single open travel lane. Temporary traffic signals will be placed at each end of the bridge to control traffic during the project.

In addition, a width restriction would be in place on the bridge during construction. Vehicles wider than 9 feet, 6 inches will not be allowed to cross the bridge.

The rehabilitation project will replace or rehabilitate deteriorated elements in the bridge truss, floor system, steel grid deck, rest piers, and tender house. 

The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.9 million. 



Project Documents

A citizen information meeting on the rehabilitation project will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012: 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
5-7 p.m.
Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad
94 Cricket Hill Road
Hudgins, VA 23076

No formal presentation will be given at the meeting. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials will be available continuously from 5-7 p.m. at the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad Building to share project plans, maps, and documents, and to address questions.

Click Here for the Frequently Asked Questions sheet from the meeting. 

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