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“Bridge Closed” signs were posted this week on State Route 205 in Westmoreland County as the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began construction on an $8.1 million project to replace the 84-year-old Mattox Creek Bridge.
VDOT said the bridge was closed so workers can put up barriers, bring in equipment and install traffic signals at the bridge. Message boards were posted on Route 205 directing cars and trucks to detours to Route 3 and U.S. 301.
The historic old bridge will reopen Saturday, July 19, with a new one-lane traffic pattern in place. The new traffic pattern will remain in effect until bridge construction is complete in July of 2016, according to VDOT.
The bridge, built in 1934, has been labeled “structurally deficient” by VDOT after a survey last year. 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 at the bridge will run continuously in the work zone during daylight and overnight hours, as construction continues for the next two years. Motorists can visit 511Virginia.org or use VDOT’s free 511Virginia mobile app to get real-time traffic and work information during the bridge’s construction.
The Route 205 bridge over Mattox Creek, which connects Colonial Beach with Placid Bay, Oak Grove and Route 3, currently carries an estimated 6,500 cars a day. When completed, according to VDOT, the new bridge will be able to handle up to 8,800 cars and trucks per day.