JAMES CITY COUNTY — The Virginia Department of Transportation Hampton Roads (VDOT-HR) has announced that there will be lane closures and brief stoppages along Route 143 in James City County as a result of bridge work which continues as part of the Skiffes Creek Connector Project.
Starting Tuesday, Feb. 15, those traveling in either direction along Merrimac Trail (Rte. 143) between Yorktown Road (Rte. 238) and Humelsine Parkway (Rte. 199) between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. should anticipate single-lane closures and what VDOT-HR describes as “brief, intermittent stoppages, each lasting up to 15 minutes.”
Following each temporary stoppage, Rte. 143 will reopen and the queued traffic will be cleared before any further stoppage is performed.
VDOT-HR notes that these closures and stoppages will allow for construction crews to lift and place steel beams over the roadway for continued construction as part of the Skiffes Creek Connector Project.
Motorists are advised to consider alternative routes in order to avoid any potential delays. Motorists are also reminded to stay alert and to obey all signage and police signals. VDOT-HR notes that all roadwork will be weather-dependent and subject to change.
These particular lane closures and brief stoppages are estimated to be completed by the end of next week.
The Skiffes Creek Connector Project calls for the construction of a two-lane bridge over Rte. 143 as well as the CSX railway line. This bridge will become part of what is called the Skiffes Creek Connector. VDOT-HR anticipates construction on the project to be completed as early as this fall.
According to VDOT-HR, the Connector will improve local connectivity by providing a new, two-lane roadway between Rtes. 60 and 143, in the area between Rtes. 199 and 238, to improve safety, emergency evacuation, and movement of goods along these two primary roadways.
For more information, please visit the website for the Skiffes Creek Connector Project.