VDOT News - Fredericksburg


IMMEDIATE - 5 p.m.

Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
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July 3, 2020

Bridge over Milford Haven connecting Gwynn’s Island to mainland Mathews County is currently stuck in the open position due to expanding steel in high temperatures

UPDATE (5:25 p.m.) -The Route 223 bridge to Gwynn's Island in Mathews County has reopened to vehicle traffic. Crews successfully cooled and closed bridge's movable swing span. The bridge will remain closed to marine traffic until 7 p.m.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Route 223 bridge over Milford Haven that connects Gwynn’s Island with mainland Mathews County is currently stuck in the open position, and traffic is stopped in both directions.

The bridge has a moveable swing span, which opens frequently to allow marine traffic to pass.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are pumping water on the bridge’s steel grid deck to cool its temperature, which will allow crews to force it closed. Pumping equipment was staged at the bridge earlier this week for a rapid response.

Real-time updates on the bridge’s status are available on 511Virginia.

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VDOT’s 14-county Fredericksburg District includes the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford in the Fredericksburg area; Northumberland, Richmond, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties in the Northern Neck; Essex, Gloucester, King & Queen, King William, Mathews and Middlesex counties in the Middle Peninsula.

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