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1/5/2015 UPDATE: Winter 2015 is now the estimated completion date for the span, VDOT officials said.

As of today, VDOT has not received a request from the contractor to extend that completion date.

In August 2014, VDOT said the project was about 95 percent complete. They said the new span would open nearly a year later than originally planned for several reasons, including a delay in the arrival of the the 5.2-million-pound lift span float-in due to barge issues; work in 2013 to remove unexploded WWII ordnance and longer-than-expected delays to demolish the old span.

Learn More: Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project

The Gilmerton Bridge is on Military Highway in Chesapeake and crosses the Southern branch of the Elizabeth River.

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CHESAPEAKE--- The Gilmerton Bridge re-opened at 5 p.m. Monday, October 20, a week earlier than anticipated.

The bridge project was expected to take two weeks to complete, but crews were able to float in the lift-span in half the allotted time.

'It's been a long time coming,' said VDOT Project Manager Marc Papini. 'We are very happy to finish a week early.'

The newly-opened bridge will give motorists the ability to access the recently completed south-side span of the bridge, as well as experience fewer lifts and less congestion.

Overnight bridge closures will resume Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through January 24.

On Jan. 27, nightly closures from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday will resume until further notice to perform needed construction activities.

Additional work to the Gilmerton Bridge Replacement Project will include the demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the northside approaches, with completion scheduled for early 2014.

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