James River Bridge reopens early after second multi-day maintenance shutdown

Published 9:12 am Monday, February 5, 2024

The James River Bridge reopened at 12:10 a.m. on Monday more than 24 hours ahead of schedule.

All four travel lanes of the 41-year-old drawbridge that connects Isle of Wight County with Newport News closed at 1 a.m. on Feb. 2 and were to remain impassable through 5 a.m. on Feb. 6.

The bridge is now open to vehicular traffic and marine vessels requiring a drawbridge lift.

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The Virginia Department of Transportation awarded PCL Construction a nearly $3.5 million contract to replace 80 cables original to the drawbridge. As part of the remaining work, motorists can expect single-lane closures and brief, intermittent stoppages and test lifts of the drawbridge this week.

This was the second of two planned four-day shutdowns, one for each drawbridge tower. The first, which also ended early, began at 1 a.m. on Jan. 12 and ended at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Jan. 15.