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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning what will be a two-year project to rebuild the two-lane bridge over Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County. “It has reached the end of its service life,” David Brown, VDOT’s Regional Administrator told citizens at a public information meeting in Colonial Beach on June 18.
The bridge, which is located on Route 205 between Colonial Beach and Oak Grove, has been labeled “structurally deficient” by VDOT. The current bridge has 11-foot travel lanes and inadequate shoulders. The new bridge will have two 12-foot travel lanes and two 10-foot shoulders.
Dominion Power has already rerouted power lines that were located near the bridge. This week, crews will begin moving in equipment and materials needed for the $8.1 million project. The VDOT plan calls for tearing down the old bridge, one lane at a time.
During construction, one-way traffic will be maintained by a temporary traffic signal at each end of the bridge. The traffic signal will allow motorists on Route 205 to alternate crossing the bridge in a single lane. VDOT estimated it would take two to four minutes longer to cross the bridge during construction.
The traffic signals will run continuously in the work zone, as construction will continue during daylight and overnight hours while cars and trucks cross the bridge in a single lane. A new pavement surface, new guardrails and new pavement markings will be installed during the project, which is scheduled for completion in July of 2016.
Brown said there will be some full closures of the bridge, although Abernathy Construction Corp., the project contractor, will be allowed to close the bridge entirely for only seven days during the two-year project. During the full closures, motorists will be detoured to Route, 3, Route 628 or U.S. 301. “We’re trying to minimize the impact to citizens,” said Brown.
According to Tina Bundy, VDOT Communications Officer, the existing Mattox Creek Bridge was built in 1930 and currently carries an estimated 6,500 vehicles across the creek each day. VDOT projections forecast the new bridge will be handling 8,800 cars and trucks per day by the year 2035.