ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Department of Transportation began installing studs on the grid deck of the James River Bridge Tuesday evening.
The work began around 7 p.m., several weeks later than originally planned because the project's contractor, Corman Construction, needed time to develop a way to keep debris from the work from falling into the river, according to VDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Gwaltney.
The installation is to provide enhanced vehicle traction and comes after a safety assessment was conducted on the bridge following calls by law enforcement officials in Isle of Wight County.
Gwaltney said the will cause single-lane closures in the southbound direction during the day and night, except during high traffic times.
Work will be suspended at the following times, leaving all lanes open:
- Route 17 North – Weekends beginning at 5 a.m. Saturday and ending 9 a.m. Monday; Morning rush hour between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday through Friday
- Route 17 South – Weekends beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and ending 7 p.m. Sunday; Evening rush hour between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
Corman Construction from Maryland will install the studs at a cost of $897,500. The work is scheduled to be complete by November 1.
For more info on the installation, click here.
The Portsmouth City Council has set a public hearing for Tuesday, Dec. 17, to talk about a plan to bring a casino to the city.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said work to secure the Bonner Bridge could take anywhere from a week to 90 days.
WAVY News 10's Andy Fox sat down with outgoing Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for a one-on-one interview.