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Hull Street Road back open after crane issues

Issues with a construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12) Issues with a construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12)
Issues with a construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12) Issues with a construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12)
Issues with a construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12) Issues with a construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12)
An unstable crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12) An unstable crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake on Wednesday morning. (Source: NBC12)
Drivers trying to navigate detours on Hull Street Road faced new problems when a stuck tractor-trailer blocked one of the streets where traffic was being rerouted. (Source: NBC12) Drivers trying to navigate detours on Hull Street Road faced new problems when a stuck tractor-trailer blocked one of the streets where traffic was being rerouted. (Source: NBC12)
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Hull Street Road is back open after an unstable crane closed the area near Woodlake on Wednesday.

Chesterfield Police say all lanes reopened just before 3 p.m. after nearly six hours of closures. The detours were worsened when a stuck tractor-trailer blocked one of the streets where traffic was being rerouted, causing headaches for motorists.

Pat McGrath was one of those drivers, "A big inconvenience. But Hull Street is a big inconvenience!” he said laughing as his plans to go out hit a snag.

McGrath wasn't the only one.

Parents heading to the Open Arms Child Care Center off of Hull Street Road told of challenges to get there.

 “It took me a little over an hour,” says mom Kristen Bauer, “Usually pick up is 12/12:15 and it's now 1:05.”

But, with a little patience and a lot help, she eventually made her way…

“I had to take a lot of back roads and I'm still new to the area so I didn't know where I was going!” laughed Bauer.


An unstable construction crane forced police to close all lanes of Hull Street Road near Woodlake around 9:30 a.m. County officials detoured drivers to Winterpock Road/Route 621 south to Beach Road/Route 655 west to Baldwin Creek Road north back to Route 360 west. However, drivers found Baldwin Creek Road blocked at Beach Road due to a stuck tractor-trailer. 

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Removal of the crane hit a snag, as well, when a worker on the scene says a second crane brought in to remove the unstable crane was too small for the task. Crews were disassembling the second crane and the worker said a larger crane would be need.

The incident began when a contractor notified county officials of a malfunction in the crane's boom, county officials said. Since the crane was unstable near power lines Chesterfield Police closed all lanes of Route 360 in both directions from Winterpock Road to Hampton Park Drive, police said.

The crane operator was never in danger of hitting the lines, according to county officials, but as a precaution Dominion was called in and de-energized the power lines. Power for 7,600 customers was re-routed and were no outages.

The crane was being used during an ongoing road-widening project on Hull Street Road. 





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