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Centerville Turnpike Bridge Closure
Bridge Closure Update (February 2021)
The Centerville Turnpike Bridge remains closed to vehicular traffic after being struck by a barge the morning of Nov. 14, 2020. The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident with the City’s cooperation. The bridge sustained structural, mechanical and electrical damage in the incident.
The current estimated cost of repairs is $2.86 million. Repairs are currently expected to be complete by May 31, 2021. NOTE: These are current estimates, and this information may change based on potential additional findings or unforeseen delays in the repair process. Repairs are underway. All costs are being tracked, and the City will pursue cost recovery from parties deemed responsible for the incident.
Motorists should use Rt. 168 Chesapeake Expressway as the primary detour route. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Economic Development Recovery Grants
The City of Chesapeake’s Economic Development Department will begin accepting applications for another round of the Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant program. Chesapeake businesses with 50 employees or less are encouraged to apply. Eligible businesses are able to receive up to $10,000 based on reimbursable business expenses dated on or after March 1, 2020. To help aid in the application process, the department will also be operating a pop up office located at Mt. Pleasant Marketplace, located at 1464 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Unit 29 (between Los Primos & Tropical Smoothie). This office will assist businesses who may have questions about the application process and are looking to apply. The office will be open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., and Thursdays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., beginning February 4, 2021. The application and additional details about the program can be found at https://chesapeakeva.biz/recovery-grant. Funds are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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