Friday, December 1, 2023

Virginia Capital Trail bridge reopens ahead of schedule

A bridge that was buckling along the Virginia Capital Trail has been repaired and is open for use. (WYDaily/Courtesy VDOT)
A bridge that was buckling along the Virginia Capital Trail has been repaired and is open for use. (WYDaily/Courtesy VDOT)

A wooden boardwalk bridge along the Virginia Capital Trail in James City County is now safe for recreational traffic.

The Virginia Department of Transportation closed the bridge on the multiuse trail July 23 after trail staff noticed the bridge was beginning to buckle.

The repair was expected to take two to three weeks after the contractor began work in early August, but finished far ahead of time in less than a week, VDOT said in a news release.

The bridge, between mile-markers 1 and 2, opened for traffic again Thursday.

Repairs included installation of an additional support pile, replacement of a timber pier cap and rehabilitation of the bridge deck and railing.

VDOT said Friday morning some crews were still working to finish minor repairs on the embankments next to the bridge, but the bridge itself was finished. 

The Virginia Capital Trail is a 52-mile bicycle and pedestrian multiuse trail running through Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along Route 5. For more information, visit VDOT online.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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