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Centerville Turnpike Bridge Closure
The complete rehabilitation of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge begins in May 2019, and should last approximately 16 months. The biggest traffic impact will occur beginning July 28, 2019, when the bridge is closed completely for approximately six months.
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.
Local Traffic Only on Centerville Turnpike
Centerville Turnpike will remain open to local traffic, allowing traffic to enter and exit the neighborhoods and businesses nearest the bridge. As the bridge will be out, the roadway at the bridge will be closed to through traffic starting on July 28, 2019, and lasting for six months. For those that would need to cross the bridge, detours will be in place throughout the closure.
Weekend Closures Ahead of Full Closure
To allow the contractor to prepare for the full rehabilitation project, the Centerville Turnpike Bridge will undergo select weekend closures beginning in June leading up to the full closure on July 28. These closures would start Friday evening at 8 p.m., and run through Monday morning at 5 a.m. No weekend closure have been scheduled or announced at this time. Once scheduled, closures will be posted here, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChesapeakeRoads, and pushed via text message and email through Chesapeake Alert notifications.
Reason for Bridge Closure
The bridge structure must be 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. At the same time, Federal law dictates that the waterway must remain open to marine traffic; therefore, removal of the bridge allows 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 15,000 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 be 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 will improve the infrastructure, resulting in a safer, more reliable bridge for years to come.
Traffic Relief Efforts
The City of Chesapeake is implementing a variety of traffic mitigation strategies throughout the full closure period to ease some of the traffic burden on adjacent roads. These measures include:
- Temporary suspension of all other non-emergency projects that would include impact to major traffic thoroughfares throughout the City. This includes projects by Public Works, Public Utilities, Development & Permits, and their associated contractors.
- Adjustments to traffic signal timing on adjacent roadways.
- Potential suspension of scheduled openings of the Great Bridge bridge on Battlefield Blvd. during peak traffic periods.
No Toll Suspension
Tolls will not be suspended on the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge or the Chesapeake Expressway during the closure.
Subscribe to Traffic Alerts & Advisories
As traffic will increase along the detour route and surrounding roadways, the City of Chesapeake will provide text message traffic alerts and advisories when incidents are reported along major thoroughfares in the area. Subscribe to these alerts by texting PEAKETRAFFIC to 888-777. Note: Message and data rates may apply. As always, follow traffic updates in Chesapeake for this and other incidents on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ChesapeakeRoads.