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Centerville Turnpike Bridge Rehab Project
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 Was 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 the 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.