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McCormick Road Bridge, University of Virginia

Replacement of bridge over Emmet Street

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
May 20, 2013

Est Completion Date
July 31, 2013


Corman Construction Inc. of Annapolis, Md.



VDOT Public Affairs

Project Purpose

The McCormick Road bridge over Emmet Street at the University of Virginia is a steel beam, concrete deck structure that was built in 1931. In late May 2012, significant deterioration of the bridge’s deck was discovered. Emergency repairs were made to allow vehicles to continue using the bridge and shielding was placed on the underside of the bridge in order to protect the Emmet Street roadway below from debris.

The bridge was posted with an eight-ton weight limit in July 2012, prohibiting University Transit Service buses and most emergency vehicles from using it.

This project will replace the superstructure of the bridge to render it capable of carrying all legal loads.

Schedule and Traffic Impacts

The project will require the overnight closure of Emmet Street on June 17 and 18 to install the new bridge's beams. The closure hours are 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. Work has been coordinated with U.Va. and emergency services agencies. 

VDOT's contractor, Corman Construction Inc., began preparation work on May 14 and closed the bridge to all traffic on May 20. It was demolished during a two-night closure on May 21 and 22. 

Message boards and detour signs are in place for vehicular traffic, and U.Va. has established alternate routes for pedestrians to use during the closure.

Construction will finish in late July.

Resources and Information

News release: McCormick Rd. Bridge Project to Close Emmet St.

News release: McCormick Road Bridge Will Close May 20

Pedestrian detours map Adobe Acrobat PDF (682 KB)

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