NORFOLK-- The Berkley Bridge may return to on-demand lifts, but first VDOT wants to hear from you.
Three years ago the Berkley Bridge started opening for lifts at set times. It may return to on-demand lifts, so you may never know when you'll get stuck in traffic. Before that happens you have a chance to share your opinion.
According to VDOT Regional Operations Director Dwayne Cook, a temporary regulation in 2009 allowed VDOT to change the weekday bridge lift schedule to 9am, 11am, 1pm and 2:30pm. This gave drivers set times so they could avoid traffic delays.
If a temporary rule is not finalized by the Coast Guard by Oct. 5, VDOT will be required to return to on-demand lifts at the Berkley Bridge Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm.
Lifts would not be permitted during rush hours.
Cook says it's the Coast Guard's decision whether to return to on-demand lifts or not, but they're evaluating public input before making the decision.
You can contact the Coast Guard through the web by clicking here or by mail before Oct. 1.
Virginia residents will also have an opportunity to examine and comment on other state transportation projects during a series of public meetings.
Nine public meetings are scheduled around the state in October and November. The first meeting will be held Oct. 25 in Chesapeake.
Other meetings are scheduled Oct. 29 in Fredericksburg, Oct. 39 in Fairfax, Nov. 1 in Culpeper, Nov. 5 in Verona, Nov. 7 in Christiansburg, Nov. 8 in Lynchburg, Nov. 14 in Bristol and Nov. 15. In Richmond.
Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton and the Commonwealth Transportation Board announced the schedule Monday.
Residents can submit oral or written comments on the board's current Six-Year Improvement Program and the development of the next improvement program.
Information also will be available on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.
Associated Press contributed to this report.