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Gilmerton Bridge (Military Hwy)
*Bridge Under Construction*
Located on Military Hwy west of Bainbridge Boulevard
Crosses the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River
Twin bascule span, four lane bridge operated by the City of Chesapeake
Constructed in 2013
Daily Vehicle Traffic: 35,500
Height (At Mean High Tide): 35 feet
Weight Limits: Legal Load
The Gilmerton Bridge has a height restriction. Vehicles with a height greater than 14'1" do not have access to the bridge at this time until further notice.
Opens on demand, except during restricted periods.
Rush Hour Restrictions: 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (except Federal holidays), the bridge will open for commercial vessels with two-hour advance notice.
Bridge is closed overnight Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. for continued construction until project completion in Summer 2015.
Gilmerton Bridge Project Underway
The Gilmerton Bridge replacement project on Military Highway, managed by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), began in November 2009. The work will be done in stages to maintain as much traffic flow as possible.
- Construction Start Date: November 2009
- Lift Span Float-in Date: January 7, 2013 (VDOT information on closure)
- Substantial Completion: Fall 2013 (four lanes open to traffic but additional bridge work continues)
- Full Completion: Winter 2015
Why does the bridge still close overnight?
Work on the Gilmerton Bridge continues, even though it is mostly out-of-sight for motorists. Crews are demolishing the old bascule piers of the former bridge and constructing the new bridge protection system. Such activities require the bridge to remain in the open position so that project crews and the necessary large equipment can access the bridge from underneath. Equally important, the bridge closures are necessary for the safety of motorists and crews.
If you'd like progress updates, you can subscribe by emailing Gilmertoninfo@vdot.virginia.gov.