Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Virginia Capital Trail Project Moves Into Second Phase Ahead of Schedule, Full Closures Continue

A bridge that was buckling along the Virginia Capital Trail has been repaired and is open for use. (WYDaily/Courtesy VDOT)
The Virginia Capital Trail is moving into its second phase of its project, which includes a full bridge deck replacement. (WYDaily file/Courtesy VDOT)

JAMES CITY COUNTY — Beginning Monday, Dec. 20, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is moving into the second phase of the Virginia Capital Trail (VCT) project, which includes a bridge deck replacement of the long wooden bridge located along the Jamestown leg of the multi-use trail.

Crews will be installing new bridge planks with an epoxy coating that will provide additional friction for pedestrian and cyclist safety and will extend the life of the bridge deck.

In the second phase of the project, the start of the trail closure will remain near mile marker 2, along with a closure at the trail entrance from Deerfield Court, according to VDOT.

The portion of the trail that crosses over the beaver pond and wetlands and connects to the main loop of the Greensprings Interpretive Trail will also be closed. The closure is expected to be in place through early spring 2022.

All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

As a safety precaution, this portion of the trail will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists for the duration of the repairs. Trail users can take alternate routes along the Virginia Capital Trail, including a signed detour on the Greensprings Interpretive Trail (GST). 

During the closure, cyclists can ride on the detour portion of the GST; however, VDOT said that cyclists should be aware that some portions of the detour route are gravel rather than paved.

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