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This bridge will only have one lane open. Here’s why

Colonial Parkway will have a single lane open starting as early as mid-January. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)
Colonial Parkway will have a single lane open starting as early as mid-January. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of VDOT)

The Colonial Parkway will have one lane open starting in a few weeks.

The Virginia Department of Transportation and the National Park Service is working to rehabilitate and expand the bridges on Colonial Parkway to maintain the “historic aesthetics”and as part of the Interstate-64 widening project.

The single-lane closure will start as early as mid-January and traffic will alternate using a temporary traffic light with a video detection system.

“Just as the existing bridges were built in the 1960s to mimic the 1930s brickwork of other bridges along Colonial Parkway, special consideration and efforts have been made to match the size, color and shape of the bridge brickwork to be used in construction of the new sections of bridge, as well as in repairing the existing sections,” according to VDOT’s news release about the project. “Brick manufacturer and supplier, Calvert Masonry, traveled to the bridge site from Manassas no less than five times to match and perfect the brick colorization and produced approximately 60,000 bricks in the first firing for the job.”

“Custom molds were also utilized to ensure the unique shape of the bricks for the bridge archways,” officials wrote in the news release.

Stay tuned for schedule updates via the digital message boards on-site, email traffic alerts, the I-64 Widening website and VDOT Hampton Roads Facebook group.

Segment III project update: Bridge and median construction activity underway

Despite decreasing temperatures, progress on the project continues to steadily heat up along the 8.2 miles of interstate and six bridges within the Segment III corridor, located roughly between the two Route 199 exits (Exit 234 and Exit 242) in York County, according to VDOT officials.

Crews are continuing drainage pipe installations, earth-moving operations, and work on various stages of the layers of roadway for widening in the median. Clearing and grubbing operations are also taking place on the outside shoulders in areas of future stormwater ponds.

In multiple locations throughout the corridor, a majority of the roadwork for the new lanes in the median is nearly complete, with final paving work to begin once weather and temperatures allow.

Traffic is continuing to travel along the outside lanes of I-64; however, the next phase of traffic shifts to the newly constructed median lanes are currently estimated to begin this spring or sooner, weather permitting, according to VDOT.

Environmental controls also continue to remain an important focus for the project team. Not only does this include the continual inspection, maintenance and installation of erosion and sediment controls in place throughout the project site, but new measures are also being installed on a regular basis. Examples of these include the recent installation of a turbidity curtain in Queens Lake and continued construction underway of both temporary and permanent stormwater management facilities.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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