Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344

LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560


Nov. 29, 2011

Motorists should expect minor delays on bridge to Gwynn’s Island in Mathews County

FREDERICKSBURG – Next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will perform temporary bridge repairs on Route 223 (Cricket Hill Road) in Mathews County at Milford Haven that will allow tractor-trailers weighing up to 25 tons to cross the bridge when work is complete.


Repair work may begin as soon as Monday, Dec. 5, and will take 6-8 days to complete. Work will be underway between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. If needed, work will continue over the weekend of Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11.


Vehicle traffic will be allowed to cross the Route 223 bridge throughout the project. A single travel lane will be closed on the bridge during work zone hours. VDOT personnel will provide traffic control by directing motorists with flags. Motorists could experience minor travel delays as both directions of traffic will take turns crossing the bridge in the single open lane.


Steel beams on the bridge will be strengthened with additional support, allowing heavier vehicles to cross the bridge. Work is being carried out by VDOT bridge crews.


A barge will be positioned beneath the bridge to carry out the repair, and the bridge will be closed to maritime traffic during the project.


A permanent repair to the Route 223 bridge is scheduled to be advertised for construction in September 2012. Construction work would begin in early 2013, and would conclude in 2014. The permanent repair will allow vehicles with blanket and overload permits to cross the bridge.


Earlier this year, a scheduled annual inspection of the Route 223 bridge at Milford Haven found evidence of deterioration among steel beams that support the bridge’s grid deck. Deterioration can be caused by several factors, including age of the structure and weather conditions.


A weight restriction for vehicles and trucks on the bridge was posted on Oct. 21 at 10 tons for single-unit trucks or vehicles, and 15 tons for tractor-trailers.


The Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven was built in 1938, and had rehabilitation performed in 1967. The bridge was painted in 1999, and the concrete approach spans were rehabilitated in 2008. The bridge is inspected annually by VDOT engineers.


It is a swing span moveable bridge, and has two travel lanes. The bridge is 732 feet long and 25.9 feet wide.


The bridge is classified as functionally obsolete, which is defined as a bridge that does not provide the capacity to meet the current traffic volume demand of existing conditions.


An average of 2,215 vehicles a day cross the Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven.


Additional information about VDOT’s bridge inspection program and individual bridge conditions are posted online at



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