|The project is on schedule for completion in November|
Photo by Morris Stephenson:
Replacement of the old Gills Creek bridge on Route 122 is under way and expected to be completed in November.
Monday, February 24, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Construction of the new Gills Creek bridge on Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Hwy.) is moving forward according to schedule, said Jamie Smith, spokesperson for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
The bridge replacement project started last June, and to date, the substructure is complete under the first half of the new bridge.
Over the next couple of weeks, the concrete decking will be poured over that half.
Once that decking has dried and traffic is able to move across it, Smith said temporary signal lights will be installed.
"Traffic will be reduced to one lane so we can begin working on the second half of the bridge," said Smith. "Weather permitting, this step should take place within a couple of weeks."
Once the second half of the bridge is complete, the section of road on either side of the old bridge will be altered slightly to tie in with the new bridge, Smith said.
At that point, the old bridge will be demolished.
"It was time for a replacement," said Smith. "The cost of maintaining the old bridge was starting to outweigh the cost of replacing it."
The temporary traffic signals will remain in place until the end of the project, which is expected to be complete in November.