RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The new year brings a traffic alert for people traveling near the Huguenot Bridge. A new bridge is set to be built alongside the current 60-year old structure.
Starting Monday, January 3, orange barrels will block off Westham Station Road which intersects with Huguenot Road right before the Huguenot Bridge in Richmond.
The road is only one-way, so only drivers coming into a nearby neighborhood will be inconvenienced.
"We will have more traffic," said neighbor Beverly Bates. "But we have to get this bridge built."
The 60-year old structure neighbors Beverly's home. It's seen better days. So right now VDOT is building a brand new Huguenot Bridge right next to the original that's beyond repair.
"The Huguenot Bridge is in very bad shape," said Bates. "It's rated as one of the worst bridges in the state."
The construction project will take at least two years. Part of Westham Station Road will be closed for at least a year. People will have to access the neighborhood through River Road.
Detour signs will be unveiled Monday morning. Blinking signs already alert drivers of the construction project that will be complete in 2013.
To Learn More About VDOT Huguenot Bridge Project: 1-800-FOR-ROAD or www.HuguenotBridge.org