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Deep Creek AIWW Bridge Replacement Project
Project Update -- May 2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has acquired real estate interest on 35 of 40 required parcels. As of May 2021, five parcels are currently in the condemnation process. These five parcels are part of two condemnation packages in process. These acquisitions are expected to be completed in May 2021.
There are four utility relocation agreements signed, with 25 of 27 utility easements having been obtained. Dominion Energy and Verizon anticipate beginning utility relocation in June 2021. Columbia Gas of Virginia is currently working to authorize a contractor to perform their utility relocations. Utility relocations are expected to be completed in September 2021.
Fiscal Year 2021 Work Plan Funding was approved on Jan. 19, 2021 in the amount of $12.6 million, allowing USACE to move forward with construction of the project. USACE expects to advertise for construction bids in September 2021.
Updated Estimated Project Timeline (as of May 2021)
- Complete real estate acquisitions: May 2021
- Complete utility relocations: September 2021
- Advertise for construction: September 2021
- Construction contract award: February 2022
- Construction start: April 2022
- Construction complete: April 2025
Built in 1934, AIWW Deep Creek Bridge is a federally owned and operated two-lane bridge that crosses the Dismal Swamp Canal at U.S. Route 17 Business.
In October 1996, the approved initial appraisal concluded the bridge is functionally obsolete because of increasing traffic volumes, too narrow of a roadway and poor alignment with the connecting roads.
Replacing the bridge will improve traffic flow, meet Virginia Department of Transportation and City of Chesapeake requirements, and comes at a time in which road improvements are being made to either side of the bridge. The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to replace the Deep Creek Bridge with a five-lane roadway located 100 feet south of the existing bridge. Once construction is completed, the AIWW Deep Creek Bridge will be operated, maintained, and owned by the City of Chesapeake.
Replacement Project Scope
The project, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 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.
The U.S. House of Representatives authorized the replacement of the AIWW Deep Creek Bridge as part of H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. WRDA is a bill dedicated to authorizing the activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Approximately $57.6 million
Maintenance of Traffic Sequence of Construction
Traffic Flow Improvement
Will the bridge be tolled?
Will vehicles still be able to use the bridge during construction?
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.