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B. Harrison Bridge to close next week
By Staff Reports
Jul 14, 2014, 15:40

AMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The Benjamin Harrison Bridge is shown in this 2013 file photo.
PRINCE GEORGE — Getting across the James River could take a lot longer next week.

The Benjamin Harrison Bridge will be closed for four-day periods beginning July 21 through November 2014 for work on two bridge improvement projects.

The first will take place next week, and the second is scheduled for the beginning of August.

The 47-year-old bridge’s original auxiliary drive, which raises and lowers the lift span, will be replaced. Additionally, crews will make preventive maintenance repairs to the bridge’s superstructure, including deck patching and beam repairs.

The bridge connects Prince George and Charles City counties where Route 156 crosses the James River at Jordan Point.

“We are fortunate to be able to work on both projects during the closures, which will reduce traffic impacts considerably,” said bridge engineer Gary Martin. “Once the auxiliary drive replacement is complete, we’ll only need single lane closures through mid 2015 to finish the superstructure repairs.”

The bridge carries approximately 4,500 vehicles per day.

The lift span will remain open during closures to allow marine traffic passage.

The first two closures are scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday, July 21, through 7 a.m. Friday, July 25, and 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, through 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8.

As a detour, VDOT is urging drivers to take Jordan Point Road (Route 106/156) south to Route 10 west. Take Interstate 295 north to Route 5 (Exit 22A) back to Jordan Point Road (Route 106/156).

The detour could add as much as 30 minutes to a trip from Prince George to Charles City County across the James River.

Travelers can also use Interstates 295 and 64 or the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry as alternate routes to the Hampton Roads area.

For the latest real-time traffic information or road conditions, call 511 or visit http://www.511virginia.org.

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