VDOT Closes Aden Bridge Earlier Citing Safety Concerns

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments | News
Credit: VDOT

Credit: VDOT

The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the historic Aden Road bridge over Norfolk Southern Railroad Friday, after an inspection has revealed further deterioration of the 132-year-old structure.

The truss was already scheduled for a nine-month closure to begin in July as part of an ongoing rehabilitation project.

“Crews will place barrier prior to rush hour tomorrow morning, and drivers will be detoured via Marsteller Drive and Fitzwater Drive,” a VDOT spokesperson said.

VDOT has provided a map of the detour here.

Aden Road currently carries about 2,800 vehicles a day and is projected to increase to 4,900 by 2036, they said. VDOT reduced the weight limit permitted on the bridge from six to four tons March 2014.

“The $5.8 million project, currently advertised for construction, will repair the existing wrought-iron truss for northbound use, construct an adjacent bridge southbound, and make intersection improvements at Marsteller Drive,” they said. “The bridge will remain closed through spring 2016 when most of the work will be complete.”

The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; when renovated, the project will include a historic marker and pull-off area.

“VDOT will own and maintain both the historic truss and the new bridge after construction is complete,” they said.

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