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.