CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – VDOT says unforeseen delays pushed back the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project, so they are extending the weeknight closures until the project is complete.
VDOT says the weeknight closures are necessary in order to bring in large equipment, build the bridge protection system and ensure the safety of workers and drivers. The project is about 95 percent complete.
The Gilmerton Bridge will remain open during peak weekday hours and on weekends. The bridge will close Sunday through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Drivers are encouraged to use the High Rise Bridge or the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge as tolled alternate routes.
The new project completion timeline is early 2015. VDOT says it was originally supposed to be finished this winter. The following events delayed the project:
- Postponement of the 5.2-million-pound lift span float-in due to required barge modifications (float-in operations moved from September 2012 to January 2013)
- A lengthy delay in February 2013 when workers discovered World War II ordnances in the bascule bridge counterweights. After an investigation by local, state and federal authorities, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers personnel and project crews successfully removed 396 unexploded ordnances from the counterweights.