Lauren Hansen 757-925-1660

Jan. 30, 2009

Detour will be in place starting Monday

JAMES CITY COUNTY - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced that crews will permanently close the Jolly Pond Dam portion of Jolly Pond Road (Route 633) starting Monday, February 2, 2009 to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

The Jolly Pond Dam is owned by a private resident in James City County. VDOT holds a regulatory easement to maintain the roadway across the dam. Approximately 380 vehicles per day use this segment of the road. All dams throughout Virginia are regulated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

In October 2006, Tropical Storm Ernesto caused damage to the dam resulting in the closure of this portion of the road. At that time James City County entered into an agreement with the dam owner to lease Jolly Pond Dam in order to make emergency repairs.

Following temporary repairs of the dam by local citizens and James City County, and repaving of the roadway by VDOT, DCR issued a temporary Operation and Maintenance Certificate to James City County. This certificate granted the county permission to maintain the dam and keep the roadway open, provided the county conducted weekly safety inspections. This certificate expires on January 31, 2009.

“Since the necessary repairs to bring the dam to current DCR regulations have not been made, VDOT must close this portion of Jolly Pond Road,” states Dennis Heuer, P.E., VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator. “The James City County operating certificate has lapsed. We cannot risk the safety of Commonwealth citizens by allowing the roadway to remain open because the dam is unstable.”

VDOT has worked with local emergency responders to minimize response delays for Jolly Pond Road. Motorists are advised that an approximate eight-mile detour will be in place starting Monday morning, February 2, 2009.

The detour route from the north entrance of Jolly Pond Road (Route 633) is a right onto Centerville Road (Route 614). Motorists traveling from the south entrance will make a left onto Centerville Road.


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