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The project, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) will replace the federally-owned Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) Deep Creek Bridge; a functionally obsolete two-lane split leaf bascule bridge; with a 144-foot long, 60-foot wide five-lane drawbridge. The project includes improvements to the approaching roadways.
This project is an USACE project and the contractor performing the bridge replacement is contracted with the USACE. Please visit the USACE’s project page for more information. AIWW Deep Creek Bridge (army.mil)
The City of Chesapeake will be in a supporting role to the USACE throughout the duration of the project. As the phases of the project continue, the City will continue to monitor traffic volume and traffic signals in the area and will make adjustments if needed. In addition, the City will report lane closures/lane shifts during construction to the public throughout the duration of the project and will communicate questions and concerns received by residents to the USACE and the USACE’s contractor.
Construction began in Fall 2023 and the expected completion date is Fall 2026.
We understand the closures and modified traffic patterns associated with the Deep Creek Bridge Replacement are contributing to major traffic backups in the area, as well as commuter frustration, but the closures are an unavoidable part of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE’s) project. In addition to replacing the existing bridge structure, there are also improvements being made to the surrounding intersections. All of this work will require various lane closures and traffic shifts to allow room for work and for the safety of those working. In addition, subsequent phases of the project will involve further restrictions in the area that will continue to impact traffic.
The USACE and the City of Chesapeake will continue to make you aware of lane closures and traffic shifts as they are planned by the USACE’s contractor for this project. To receive lane closure information directly to your phone, text DCBRIDGE to 888777 or visit US Army Corps of EngineersNorfolk District Website.
Tolls on the Veterans Bridge go towards repayment of the bonds that were used to fund construction of the bridge and there are strict guidelines around when the tolls can and cannot be lifted. The bond indenture does not allow us to lift tolls in this situation.
Traffic Engineering staff are monitoring traffic signals and traffic flow through the project area. We have updated our signal detection at the intersection to allow the signal to better respond to actual traffic demands. However, it should be noted that traffic signal adjustments only provide minimal congestion relief in these circumstances.
The concrete barricades are required to establish appropriate "clear zone” and are put in place by the USACE’s contractor prior to the work beginning. The area behind the barriers will be used as storage for excavated material, and with the narrow dimensions of the area, the work will abut the roadway very closely. Establishing the required clear zone for motorists necessitated placement of the barriers into a small section of the beginning of the turn lane, which then gradually flares back toward the shoulder as the lane continues onto northbound George Washington Highway North. These barricades prevent motorists from driving accidentally into an area where active excavation will take place. Unfortunately, due to the work occurring immediately adjacent to the west end of the bridge, there simply is not enough available shoulder area to set the barricades back further, and therefore they must occupy a section of the turn lane itself. The barriers are expected to remain in place to the end of the year, 2023.
Yes! The new south span of the bridge will be built first while the current bridge is still in use. Once the south span is completed, traffic will be diverted to that span, the old bridge will be demolished, and the north span will be constructed in its place.
In collaboration with Traffic Engineering, the Chesapeake Police Department, and the Traffic Engineering consultant, it has been determined that prohibiting these left turns will reduce congestion and improve driver safety in this particular area. Traffic Engineering will continue to monitor traffic patterns and flow throughout the duration of construction and make recommendations and necessary changes accordingly.