NEWPORT NEWS-- Beginning Monday, March 18th, the city will be replacing the Ft. Eustis Boulevard bridge over the CSX railroad tracks between Interstate 64 and the Lee Hall reservoir.
According to the city, inspections have shown that the bridge, built over 50 years ago, is at the end of its useful life and in need of total replacement. The $5.1 million project will take about 18 months to complete, and will impact travel into and out of Fort Eustis.
The city is warning that commute times will increase and motorists should expect delays on Fort Eustis Boulevard and adjacent routes, especially during rush hour.
Fort Eustis has implemented measures to fix traffic issues and decrease rush hour traffic volume, including encouraging “teleworking” and flex schedules where practical, restricting commercial deliveries during peak times, and adjusting gate security.
Acity engineering staff will monitor conditions and modify signal timing to minimize disruptions to traffic flow.
The construction will occur in three phases.
Phase 1 will last roughly seven and a half months, from mid-March 2013 through October 2013, and will consist of demolition and replacement of the eastbound bridge (heading away from the base). Traffic flow will be reduced to one lane in each direction along Fort Eustis Boulevard between Jefferson Avenue and the reservoir during construction. The westbound approach on Fort Eustis Boulevard heading towards Jefferson Avenue will be reduced from two lanes to a single lane. One of the left turn lanes from northbound Jefferson onto westbound Fort Eustis Boulevard will be closed, and a reduced speed limit of 35 mph will be in place in and around the construction area.
Phase 2 is scheduled to last approximately eight months from November 2013 until the end of May 2014. Demolition and reconstruction of the westbound bridge (heading toward the base) will occur during Phase 2, with traffic again restricted in the construction zone to one lane in each direction, travelling across the newly constructed bridge, and a reduced speed limit of 35 mph in the area.
Phase 3 will consist of median restoration and will take place for approximately three weeks following the completion of Phase 2. Traffic will still be reduced to one lane in each direction with a speed limit of 35 mph.
Additional project information is available on the city’s website at www.nngov.com.