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VDOT to close Mattox Creek Bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which has promised to close the Mattox Creek Bridge on Route 205 for no more than seven days during its reconstruction, will close the bridge for three days beginning July 15. While the bridge is closed, detours to Route 3 and Route 301 will be set up.

Kelly Hannon of VDOT said the full closure is required “so barriers, equipment and temporary traffic signals can be staged for the bridge replacement project.”  While under construction, the bridge will reopen as a one-lane bridge no later than 5 p.m. on July 18.

During the bridge’s closure, message boards will guide motorists to the detours. When the bridge reopens on the 18th, temporary traffic signals will be in place to control traffic crossing the one-lane bridge.  The signals will remain in place until the bridge work is finished in July of 2016.

Motorists can visit 511Virginia.org or use VDOT’s free 511Virginia mobile app to get real-time traffic and work information on the bridge’s construction. The 205 bridge connects Colonial Beach with Placid Bay and Oak Grove, and an estimated 6,500 cars a day use the bridge, according to VDOT.

The 84-year-old bridge has been labeled “structurally deficient” by VDOT.  The current bridge has 11-foot travel lanes and inadequate shoulders. The new bridge, when finished, will have two 12-foot travel lanes and two 10-foot shoulders.

The newly installed traffic signals will run continuously in the work zone during daylight and overnight hours as construction continues for the next two years. A new pavement surface, new guardrails and new pavement markings will be installed during the $8.1 million project.

According to VDOT, Abernathy Construction Corp., the project contractor, will only be allowed to close the bridge entirely for four additional days during the two-year project.    VDOT has forecast the new bridge will be handling 8,800 cars and trucks per day by the year 2035.

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