UPDATE 2/24: Officials say work will be postponed until Feb. 28 because of forecasted inclement weather.
FORT EUSTIS -- Developments in the Route 105 Bridge and Fort Eustis Boulevard construction site in Newport News are expected to affect traffic flow Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Delivery of a five beams will cause traffic to stop periodically as they are off-loaded and put into place, officials said.
"Two cranes will pick up the beams and lift them into place. During this portion of the work all traffic will be stopped, in both directions. The contractor estimates traffic to be stopped for approximately 10 minutes at a time. Past flagging operations have caused major traffic backups," Senior Engineer Thomas Cheney said.
Cheney said the operation would normally be done at night, but the proximity of the site to high voltage transmission lines makes it too dangerous.
Mark Junghans, 733rd Mission Services Division Emergency Management branch chief, recommended Fort Eustis personnel seek alternate routes to alleviate traffic congestion and delays.
Alternate routes: East or west arrival and departure onto Warwick Boulevard to and from the main gate or the use of Gate 2, Shellabarger Road during this period.
The project involves the entire replacement of the existing bridge carrying Route 105 over CSX railroad.
According to the City of Newport News Web site, the bridge needs to be replaced from a maintenance perspective. They posted the following update:
The replacement bridge will reflect today's design standards which will include shoulder lanes. The project will require the closing of one half of the bridge at a time with two-way traffic operating on the half remaining open.
Phase 1 eastbound bridge -- heading away from the post -- originally begun in March of 2013. Work on Phase 1 was scheduled to be completed in October 2013. During demolition of the eastbound bridge, the contractor discovered some underground utilities in conflict with the new bridge piers. The utility owners are working on moving their cables out of the way, but work on the bridge has slowed. Currently approximately one half of Phase 1 is built. We now expect Phase 1 to be completed in May 2014.
The project is expected to be completed in January 2015.