Huguenot Bridge being replaced

Written by Gene Petriello - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - After 61 years, a popular bridge is getting replaced for what many are calling a bargain.

The Huguenot Bridge has seen its fair share of problems; from emergency repairs to common complaints that driving over it can be a pain. News of construction starting in early November on a new bridge puts all that in the past.

With 28,000 people crossing the Huguenot Bridge every day, the 61-year-old bridge certainly has seen its wear and tear.

On Wednesday, the Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $35 million contract to a Norfolk-based construction company for a new bridge. Crews will build the new bridge next to the old one and once they have one lane complete, they'll tear down the 61-year-old span. After that, they'll start on the second lane of the new bridge.

Sidewalks are also in the plans, plus 10-foot shoulders in each direction for both emergency stops and people on bikes.

VDOT expects minimal impact on drivers during the construction, and even better news -- reports say that the state saved 24% off what they budgeted for this new bridge.

Once the work begins it's expected to take 3 years to build the new bridge, with a completion date of October 2013.

We've also learned the same company hired to build the new bridge actually finished construction on another bridge project seven months ahead of schedule.

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