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Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Dawn.Eischen@vdot.virginia.gov

RICH-1030

Nov. 23, 2010



PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND HUGUENOT BRIDGE INFORMATION MEETING NEXT WEEK
Major construction starts in January

COLONIAL HEIGHTS ― The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is hosting a pre-construction information meeting to provide citizens with an overview of the construction phases, traffic impacts and the projected timeline for the Huguenot Memorial Bridge reconstruction project. Contractor, Tidewater Skanska, began preliminary construction activities in October and expects to begin major construction work in January 2011 with completion in fall 2013.  

The information meeting will be held Tuesday, November 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bon Air Elementary School located at 8701 Polk Street in Richmond. This meeting will be open format with stations where residents can talk one-on-one with VDOT representatives and the contractor. This flexible format allows participants to arrive whenever their schedule will allow.

The new bridge will be built in two phases. The first phase will involve constructing the western half of the structure while traffic is maintained on the existing bridge. During phase two, traffic will be shifted onto the new section of the bridge that was built in phase on while the existing bridge is torn down and the second half of the new bridge is constructed. VDOT will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction during construction during construction with occasional lane closures during off peak hours.

The new structure will have one 12 foot lane and one 10 foot shoulder in each direction. The 10 foot shoulder will function as both an emergency lane and a lane to all allow bicyclists to safely cross the bridge. In addition, there will be a five foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.

For more information about the Huguenot Bridge reconstruction project or to sign up for construction updates, visit http://www.huguenotbridge.org.

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