VDOT News - Hampton Roads



Brittany McBride Nichols 757-956-3029


March 15, 2019

Construction to begin next week to replace bridge over Interstate 64 with new bridge that meets current design standards

NEWPORT NEWS — Starting the week of March 18, construction crews are set to begin on a project to replace the bridge that carries Denbigh Boulevard (Route 173) over Interstate 64 and the CSX railroad in Newport News. Originally built in 1965, the existing Denbigh Boulevard Bridge, located between Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, will be demolished and replaced with a new bridge that meets current design standards.

Corman Kokosing Construction Company was awarded the $23 million construction contract to replace and construct 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 bridge, allowing crews to complete the remaining demolition and construction work.

During bridge 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.

Motorists will be advised of lane closures and traffic shifts that may occur during the project, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2022. All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions.

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