Governor McDonnell Announces New Huguenot Memorial Bridge to Open in Richmond June 30
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the first half of the new Huguenot Memorial Bridge in Richmond is expected to open to traffic June 30. This milestone marks the halfway point for the $54.5 million bridge construction project, with approximately one year remaining until the wider and more bike/pedestrian-friendly bridge is complete.
"The 62-year-old bridge is being replaced with a new structure, providing a critical transportation link to the region," said McDonnell. "Taking traffic off the old bridge and onto the new one means people will have a safer and more reliable way to reach their destination."
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) anticipates preparations to be completed and traffic shifted to the new bridge by 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, weather permitting. The second half of the new bridge is expected to be completed and open to all travelers in summer 2013 with final project completion in October 2013. The project is proceeding on time and on budget.
Contractor, Skanska Inc., will begin demolition of the existing bridge following the traffic shift. To ensure the James River is not adversely impacted by the demolition, the old bridge will be taken apart in sections. Much of the demolition will be done from the existing bridge. The temporary causeway will be moved to under the existing bridge to aid in the demolition.
Once complete, the new structure will have one 12-foot travel lane and one 10-foot shoulder in each direction. The wider shoulder will function as both an emergency breakdown lane and an area for cyclists to safely use the bridge. In addition, there will be a 5-foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.
Efforts to build a new bridge to replace the aging Huguenot Memorial Bridge began in October 2010. The Huguenot Bridge spans the James River and connects the city of Richmond to the south and Henrico County to the north via Huguenot Road. Approximately 25,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day. To find out more about the Huguenot Bridge reconstruction project or to sign up for project updates, visit http://www.huguenotbridge.org/.
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