Input sought on Churchland Bridge replacement in Portsmouth

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 6:08 AM

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PORTSMOUTH -- Portsmouth wants your input on plans to replace the Churchland Bridge.

The meeting will be held tonight at the Churchland Public Library on High Street West from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

The Churchland Bridge project will replace the northbound lanes of the bridge on High Street over the Western branch of the Elizabeth River. 

The original structure, built more than 50 years ago, is structurally deficient and has become a grave public safety concern, city officials told WVEC.com. 

Officials expect the bridge will get more traffic because drivers will use as a way of avoiding tolls on the Martin Luther King Expressway.

The $29 million project is part of VDOT's six-year improvement initiative.

A construction timeline has yet to be determined. 

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