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Centerville Turnpike Bridge Rehab Project
Project Update (Feb. 25, 2020)
The Chesapeake Department of Public Works, in cooperation with project contractor W.F. Magann Corp., will close the Centerville Turnpike Bridge to vehicle traffic beginning Saturday, March 7 at 5:30 a.m., through Sunday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m., to allow continuation of rehabilitation work at the bridge.
The detour route on the south side of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge utilizes Mt. Pleasant Rd. to the Rt. 168 Great Bridge Bypass to Kempsville Rd. and Battlefield Blvd. The detour route on the north side of the bridge utilizes Butts Station Rd. to Kempsville Rd.
The bridge will resume normal weekday openings (on the hour and half-hour), and on-demand openings on weekends to permit the passage of maritime traffic in the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, in accordance with Federal regulations.
Forthcoming Weekend Closures To Be Scheduled
Additional weekend closures of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge to vehicle traffic will be required in the coming months as the bridge rehabilitation project continues into its final phases. These closures will not be scheduled during weekdays, and will be announced and posted via the City of Chesapeake website and social media channels, sent through text message notification via Chesapeake Alert, and will be provided to local media outlets to ensure widest dissemination. The detour route during these weekend closures will be the existing project detour route, which utilizes the Chesapeake Expressway.
Subscribe to Weekend Closure Updates
Subscribe to text alerts to be notified when weekend bridge closures are scheduled by texting PEAKETRAFFIC to 888-777. Note: Message and data rates may apply. Upon re-opening of the bridge to traffic on Feb. 15, traffic alerts will no longer be distributed via this text subscription. To subscribe to road closure alerts via text message or email, enroll in Chesapeake Alert by clicking here, and be sure to choose "Road Closures in Area" under the "Public Works Notifications" section in your subscriptions. As always, follow traffic updates in Chesapeake for this and other incidents on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChesapeakeRoads.
Project Detour Route
The detour route on the south side of the Centerville Turnpike bridge Mt. Pleasant Rd. to the Rt. 168 Great Bridge Bypass to Kempsville Rd. and Battlefield Blvd. The detour route on the north side of the bridge utilizes Butts Station Rd. to Kempsville Rd. Click the map below for a larger resolution version.
Reason for Bridge Closure
The bridge structure was removed from the roadway to allow workers to access and repair the mechanism that allows the bridge to open and allow marine traffic (boats) to pass through, as well as other important repairs that included lead paint removal, bridge deck replacement and other infrastructure improvements. At the same time, Federal regulations dictate that the waterway must remain open to marine traffic; therefore, removal of the bridge allowed the most expedient repair of the infrastructure while allowing boats to pass through the canal.
Why the Project is Necessary
Centerville Turnpike is a major thoroughfare than connects Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, and carries a significant volume of traffic – about 16,000 vehicles each day. Additionally, the bridge crosses the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the primary marine traffic lane that carries boaters up and down the inland waters of east coast. Without these repairs, the bridge may not have been able to open and close reliably, which could lead to numerous unplanned closures of the bridge and safety issues for motorists and boaters alike. This project improved the infrastructure, resulting in a safer, more reliable bridge for years to come.
Realtime Traffic via Waze
No Toll Suspension
Tolls will not be suspended on the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge or the Chesapeake Expressway during closures of the bridge.