Repairs to the Centerville Turnpike Bridge continue after it was hit by a barge at the end of last year. Work is on schedule and expected to be complete by the end of May 2021.
Crews have completed structural steel repair work on the bridge superstructure and will soon replace key components of the bridge. Replacement parts are not parts that you can simply buy off a shelf. They’ve had to be fabricated off-site and shipped in. Once the parts are in, contractors will reassemble the bridge and perform rigorous testing for several weeks before reopening the bridge to motorists.
Also related to the Centerville Turnpike Bridge, a virtual citizen information meeting on the Centerville Turnpike Bridge Replacement Feasibility Study is going on now through April 9 and Public Works wants your feedback. The study will evaluate options for replacing the bridge with a fixed-span bridge over the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal that can also provide adequate vertical clearance for navigational activities and a wider bridge for future traffic volumes. While there is not currently a funded project for the replacement of the bridge, the rehabilitation project that the City completed just over a year ago added 15-20 years of use to the existing bridge. This gives the City time look into this considerable project which will take many years to study, design, and construct, not to mention require considerable funding. All documents and information about the study are available at bit.ly/CentervilleStudy or by calling the Public Works Department at 382-6101.