ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin installing studs on the grid deck of the James River Bridge after the Labor Day weekend.
The installation comes after a safety assessment was conducted on the bridge following calls by law enforcement officials in Isle of Wight County. The studs will enhance traction on the grid deck.
“After conducting a review of the bridge deck, we have determined that the installation of the studs will provide additional traction and an added level of safety and security for motorists utilizing the James River Bridge,” said Jim Utterback, VDOT Hampton Roads District Administrator.
According to VDOT, the preliminary work will begin the week of Aug. 26, and stud installation will begin after the holiday weekend. The completion date is set for Nov. 1.
Single lane closures are planned for the project and VDOT said there will be no full weekend closures planned for either diretion.
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
Motorists should expect minor delays and the lane closures at other times.
Corman Construction from Maryland will install the studs at a cost of $897,500.
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