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Route 223 Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Bridge at Milford Haven at Gwynn's Island, Mathews County

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
September 2013

Est Completion Date
Substantial completion: May 2014. Additional 4-6 weeks of work to be completed at later date.


Approximately $2.9 Million

Curtis Contracting, Inc.


Bill Collins, VDOT Construction Manager
Kelly Hannon, VDOT Communications Manager

Project Update: October 1, 2014

Motorists can expect minor delays on the Route 223 bridge starting Wednesday, October 1, 2014, as the contractor has re-mobilized on the bridge to finish painting work. 

Traffic is reduced to a single travel lane on the bridge. Temporary traffic signals have been installed on each side of the bridge 

Work is anticipated to take 4-6 weeks to complete, until mid-November, weather permitting. 

Project Update: June 9, 2014

The Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven at Gwynn’s Island is now open to two lanes of traffic. 

All of the barrels and the temporary traffic signals have been removed. 

Work on the project is substantially complete, with all of the structural steel repairs completed, and slightly more than 50 percent of the painting work complete. 

The project will resume at a later date to finish approximately 4-6 weeks of painting.  

The  weight limit posted on the bridge has been lifted. All legal loads may cross the structure. 

Project Overview

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to rehabilitate the bridge over Milford Haven on Route 223 in Mathews County from September 2013 to April 2014. This bridge connects Gwynn's Island with the mainland of Mathews County. 

Currently, the bridge has a posted weight limit of 25 tons for tractor-trailers. VDOT's goal is to rehabilitate the bridge to reduce or eliminate this weight restriction. 

VDOT held a "Pardon Our Dust" meeting on this project on Thursday, Sept. 5. 

Click Here to view the project fact sheet from the meeting. 

Project Details

During construction, traffic on Route 223 will be reduced to one lane on the bridge. 

Northbound and southbound Route 223 traffic will take turns crossing the bridge in a single open travel lane. Temporary traffic signals will be placed at each end of the bridge to control traffic during the project.

In addition, a width restriction would be in place on the bridge during construction. Vehicles wider than 9 feet, 6 inches will not be allowed to cross the bridge.

The rehabilitation project will replace or rehabilitate deteriorated elements in the bridge truss, floor system, steel grid deck, rest piers, and tender house. 

The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.9 million. 

Project Documents

A citizen information meeting on the rehabilitation project will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2012: 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
5-7 p.m.
Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad
94 Cricket Hill Road
Hudgins, VA 23076

No formal presentation will be given at the meeting. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials will be available continuously from 5-7 p.m. at the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad Building to share project plans, maps, and documents, and to address questions.

Click Here for the Frequently Asked Questions sheet from the meeting. 

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