Barge hits North Landing Bridge, restricts lift schedule

The North Landing Bridge spans the Atlantic Coastal Waterway between Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. The 65 year old dual span draw bridge was hit by a barge in the early morning hours of March 1, 2016. (Photo by Norfolk District)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The North Landing Bridge will be operating on an alternate lift schedule, after it was hit and damaged by a barge Tuesday morning.

Officials say the barge hit the bridge around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday when it was trying to pass under the open draw bridge. The collision caused damage to the bridge as well as its fender system.

Engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District have deemed the bridge safe for motorists to cross at the moment.

Joel Scussel, Norfolk District project manager, said, “Once we are able to start working on repairs there may be the need for detours or other traffic impacts.”

Officials say only one span of the bridge is able to open at the moment, which is restricting travel on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to pleasure craft only.

Openings will only be held once per hour until repairs to the bridge can be made.

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