Under Construction: Denbigh Boulevard Bridge Replacement

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This project will replace the structurally-deficient Denbigh Boulevard Bridge over Interstate 64 and CSX Railway between Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue in Newport News with a new bridge that meets current geometric and design standards.

The project includes demolition of the existing bridge, and construction a new bridge with four 12-foot lanes, a 16-foot raised median and two 8.5-foot sidewalks, as well as new roadway approaches and stormwater management facilities.

The demolition and construction will be done in two stages to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Denbigh Boulevard throughout construction. In the first stage, traffic will be shifted to one lane in each direction on the existing bridge, while demolition work and construction of the new bridge, roadway, retaining wall and stormwater pond are underway. In the second stage, traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed portion of the bridge, allowing crews to complete the remaining demolition and construction work.

During construction, a long-term closure with a signed detour will be in place on Richneck Road at the Denbigh Boulevard intersection to accommodate the lane reductions and reconstruction of the intersection at Richneck Road.

  • In the first phase of construction starting the first week of April, access to Denbigh Boulevard from Richneck Road will be prohibited; however, Denbigh Boulevard traffic can continue to turn right onto Richneck Road during this phase. A signed detour will be in place directing traffic to use Jefferson Avenue and turn right onto Denbigh Boulevard. 

    Stage 1 Construction Closures

  • In the second phase of construction estimated to begin summer 2020, access to and from Denbigh Boulevard to Richneck Road will be prohibited for the remainder of the project (pictured below). Signed detours will be in place directing Richneck Road and Denbigh Boulevard traffic to use Jefferson Avenue.

Motorists will be advised of lane closures and traffic shifts that occur during the project, which is scheduled for completion in summer 2021. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.

Richneck Road Detour Map

Benefits 

The project will upgrade the interstate overpass to meet current design standards. 

Major Milestones 

Estimated Schedule

Design began in 2015, followed by right-of-way acquisition in 2016. The project was advertised for construction in fall 2018, with a notice to proceed issued on March 18, 2019.

The $23 million construction contract was awarded to Corman Kokosing Construction Company of Annapolis Junction, MD on January 16, 2019.

The estimated* schedule for the project is as follows:

1st Stage of Construction - Denbigh Boulevard traffic shift and Richneck Road partial closure: April 2019 - Summer 2020
Section of I-64 noise barrier temporarily removed: Summer 2019 - Summer 2020  
2nd Stage of Construction Begins - Denbigh Boulevard traffic shift and Richneck Road full closure: Summer 2020 - Summer 2021
Contract Completion Date: Summer 2021
*Project work and scheduled closures are dependent upon weather conditions. 

Resources

Contact Info:

Hampton Roads Public Affairs
(757) 956-3029

 


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Other relevant links:

Noise Study Analysis Memorandum

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Locality: Newport News

Page last modified: April 9, 2019