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Centerville Turnpike Bridge Closure
The complete rehabilitation of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge began in May 2019, and should last approximately 16 months. As of Aug. 24, 2019, the bridge is closed completely for approximately six months.
Project Update (Jan. 13, 2020)
Construction activities continue at the Centerville Turnpike Bridge, with significant progress accomplished toward the reopening of the bridge to vehicular traffic. The project contractor successfully manually opened and closed the bridge several times during testing on Friday, Jan. 10. These favorable results keep us on track for completing the automated opening controls. Beginning later in the week of Jan. 13, City bridge tenders will report to the bridge to begin training on operating the new controls in the tender house, and the contractor will begin electrical testing on the bridge and associated elements (i.e. traffic signals, over-height vehicle detection system, lighting, etc.)
This phase of the project is currently tracking ahead of schedule and is anticipated to be complete by the end of February. Once confirmed, we will communicate the reopening date through the City’s various communication channels, to include traditional and social media, and here via the City website.
Chesapeake Weekly Video Update (Nov. 13, 2019)
Chesapeake Television produced a video update about the Centerville Turnpike Bridge rehabilitation project. Check out the latest info on Chesapeake Weekly:
Project FAQ Video
Chesapeake Television interviewed Chesapeake Public Works Assistant Director Earl Sorey on location at the Centerville Turnpike Bridge to answer a few frequently asked questions about the rehabilitation project. Watch the episode of 'peake Life On Scene:
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 closed to through traffic on Aug. 24, 2019, and will last for six months. For those that would need to cross the bridge, detours are in place throughout the closure.
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, as well as other important repairs including 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 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 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 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.
Realtime Traffic via Waze
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.
- Suspension of openings at the Great Bridge Bridge on S. Battlefield Blvd. Monday-Friday at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. throughout the closure of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge. The bridge will remain closed and accessible to vehicles at these times unless there is an emergency vessel that must pass through.
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.