NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) – There are plans to replace a bridge in Newport News deemed structurally deficient by VDOT.

The Denbigh Boulevard bridge was built more than 50 years ago. VDOT officials say it’s in need of an upgrade.

The bridge connects Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard. Plans include a new 4-lane bridge, raised median and wider sidewalks. The proposed bridge will also accommodate the future widening of I-64.

Rosa Ashby has lived in Newport News for 24 years. She drives across the bridge often.

“It's about time they do something about it,” Ashby says. “It's old and something needs to be done.”

According to VDOT, more than 31,000 cars go across Denbigh Boulevard every day. They're expecting about 4,000 more cars by 2039.

Design for the $34-million project started in 2015. There was also public hearing for this project in 2015.

Construction is expected to start mid-2018.

You can read more about the project here.

Denbigh Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project Brochure by 13News Now on Scribd