(Delmarvanow.com) -- A bridge that connects the Mount Prospect neighborhood to the rest of Onancock is closed for repairs.
Major repairs are being done to the Mount Prospect Avenue bridge, near the Onancock Wharf, according to a Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
The bridge, built in 1951, is expected to remain closed until mid-April, spokeswoman Nina Napolitano said.
The project was called for after deficiencies were noted during routine bridge inspections by the highway department, according to information provided by VDOT's Accomac Resdiency and the Hampton Roads Structure and Bridge Department.
The Mount Prospect Avenue bridge is one of two bridges connecting the residential neighborhood to downtown Onancock. The other bridge, at Ames Street, remains open to traffic and serves as a detour.
Repairs to extend the life of the 66-year-old bridge will cost an estimated $746,000.
The work includes replacing the abutments at each end of the bridge, which spans a branch of Onancock Creek.
Additionally, a new sheet pile wall will be installed at each end of the bridge and the steel bridge girders will be repaired.
Workers also will replace some hardware and repave each roadway approaching the bridge.
Construction started Nov. 6 and the work should be completed on about April 17, 2018, according to the highway department.