Damaged bridge closed indefinitely
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Jun 13, 2013, 13:32
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT VDOT closed off the bridge at Route 10 and Wards Creek Road in Prince George to undergo inspection and repair.
PRINCE GEORGE — A bridge on Route 10 will remain closed indefinitely after rain-swollen Wards Creek washed over it last weekend.
Route 10 (James River Drive) will remain closed at Route 614 (Wards Creek Road) until the weather allows for a full structural damage inspection and repair, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
The bridge was closed off due to heavy flooding and possible road damage from Tropical Storm Andrea.
The National Weather Service website shows parts of the region getting anywhere between 2 and 8 inches of rain in the past week.
Lindsay LeGrand, communications coordinator for VDOT’s Richmond District, said that VDOT is trying to get the road open to traffic again as soon as possible, but the expected date is indefinite.
“It’s just not safe for travel right now,” LeGrand said. “At this point we’re not sure [when the road will be open again].”
A flooded ditch is shown alongside Hines Road earlier this week.
Some inspections have already been conducted by VDOT.
“Crews have already been able to make a few superficial inspections, which have revealed damage to the guardrail and pavement,” said Rob Bowman, VDOT’s Richmond District maintenance manager.
VDOT has established multiple detours to get around the closed off area, which will remain in effect until the bridge can be deemed safe for vehicular travel.
Prince George County is a relatively flat region with certain low-lying areas that make it more prone to flooding than other localities.
In addition to Route 10, several other roads in the Prince George area were flooded by the storm including Hines, Lebanon and Courthouse roads.
Many residents believe that deeper ditches must be established on the roadside as an effective method for channeling an overabundance of rainwater.
However, LeGrand said that if ditches become too deep, they will present “a lot of safety problems” such as the potential for cars and buses to flip over easier and a possible danger to children exiting a school bus, therefore a “happy medium” must be met in keeping water off the roadways.
“The ditches they have are made to sustain normal rainfall,” she said.
VDOT encourages local traffic to use the following detour:
·Westbound Route 10: Left at Lebanon Road (Route 611), right to Hines Road (Route 625), right to Pole Run Road (Route 616) to Route 10
·Eastbound Route 10: Right at Pole Run Road (Route 616), left to Hines Road (Route 625), left to Lebanon Road (Route 611) to Route 10
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Route 10 was closed off because of flooding from Tropical Storm Andrea.
VDOT encourages through and truck traffic to use the following detour (allow 35 minutes):
·Westbound Route 10: Take Route 40 (Martin Luther King Highway) from Surry County to Route 460 west. Then take Route 156 (Prince George Drive) north to Route 156/106 (Ruffin Road) north to Route 10.
·Eastbound Route 10: Take Route 156/106 (Ruffin Road) south from Prince George County to Route 156 (Prince George Drive). Then take Route 460 east to Route 40 (Sussex Drive) to Surry County to reach Route 10.