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Crews preparing for Rt. 198 bridge project

Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal by Bill Nachman - Posted on Sep 09, 2015 - 02:20 PM

The contractor for the bridge superstructure replacement on Route 198 over Harpers Creek in upper Gloucester County has started to mobilize in the work zone.

Kelly Hannon, spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said Sept. 2 that Bryant Contracting, Inc., of Toano was awarded the $1.3 million contract for the project and motorists should notice more work underway in that area during the next few weeks.

Early stages of the work, Hannon said, include staging equipment and supplies, as well as posting work zone signs.

The bridge is currently “structurally deficient,” Hannon said. No major reconstruction has been performed on this bridge since it was built in 1941, she said. The bridge is 43 feet long and almost 26 feet wide.

“There will be one-way traffic crossing the bridge for approximately eight months, from September-April,” she said, with traffic alternating from one lane to the other midway through the project.

Bryant crews will install temporary traffic signals that will control the one-way traffic, she said, which are expected to be activated this month. Work will include a new bridge deck, guardrail and bridge approaches.

The average daily traffic count for Route 198 in that area is 2,400 vehicles per day, she said.

A different bridge on Route 198 (Dutton Road) received a major reconstruction in 1999 and currently is in good condition, Hannon said. That bridge, which crosses Ferry’s Creek, was built in 1939.

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