10/16 Update: Stud installation on the grid deck of the James River Bridge was completed Friday, Oct. 11. Crews installed 120,000 studs to provide enhanced vehicle traction on the bridge.
As part of the final work, brief bridge lifts are being planned to test the counterbalance weights on the bridge span. The test lifts will be announced once a schedule is confirmed.
All lanes on the James River Bridge have reopened to traffic.
9/17 Update: The installation of the studs, a project to provide enhanced vehicle traction on the bridge, began. Work will occur throughout the day and nighttime hours to install the studs, except during peak traffic times. No full weekend closures are planned to occur in either direction. Motorists should anticipate minor delays. The project completion date remains set for November 1, 2013.
9/12 Update: Stud installation on the grid deck of the James River Bridge is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 17, weather conditions permitting.
The work was delayed while the contractor, Corman Construction, developed a process for collecting the stud debris to prevent it from entering the waterway under the bridge.
The project completion date remains set for November 1, 2013.
ISLE OF WIGHT Preliminary work begins today as the Va. Dept. of Transportation prepares to install studs on the new grid deck of the James River Bridge.
There will be short duration single lane closures to install netting under bridge, explained Va. Dept. of Transportation spokeswoman Lauren Hansen told WVEC.com.
The actual installation will begin after Labor Day.
Officials hope studs will make the span safer for drivers during bad weather and cut down on accidents by increasing traction.
The new grid deck was installed in December 2012, but VDOT conducted a three-month investigation this spring after authorities expressed concerns about the number of crashes.
Corman Construction in Annapolis Junction, Maryland received the $897,500 contract. Preliminary work is scheduled to begin the week of August 26; installation of the studs should begin after the Labor Day weekend. Work should be complete November 1.
VDOT says the work will impact drivers who use the bridge that connects Newport News and Isle of Wight County on Rt. 17. One lane will be closed during installation.
Work zones will be suspended and all lanes will remain open as follows:
Route 17 North
Weekends: Saturday at 5 a.m. to Monday at 9 a.m.
Morning Rush Hour: Monday Friday 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Route 17 South:
Weekends: Friday 3 p.m. to Sunday at 7 p.m.
Evening Rush Hour: Monday Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.