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June 10, 2013

Damage assessment delayed due to continued storms

**UPDATE--The bridge reopened June 13.**

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Route 10 (James River Drive) remains closed at Wards Creek Road (Route 614) in Prince George County following weekend flooding from Tropical Storm Andrea. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) closed the bridge over Wards Creek Friday due to high water and possible road damage. Storms are forecasted to continue throughout the week which could cause additional flooding and possible erosion around the bridge supports. These additional storms are preventing inspectors from conducting a full damage assessment.

“Crews have already been able to make a few superficial inspections, which have revealed damage to the guardrail and pavement,” said Rob Bowman, Richmond District maintenance manager. “Weather permitting, crews will begin those repairs as soon as possible.”

Detours will remain in place until the bridge has been repaired and a full structural assessment has been performed. “We urge drivers to follow the posted detours, which were chosen because they are the safest way to move heavier traffic,” said Rob Bowman. This section of Route 10 carries approximately 3,130 vehicles per day.

Local traffic is encouraged to use the following detour:

  • Westbound Route 10: Left at Lebanon Road (Route 611), right to Hines Road (Route 625), right to Pole Run Road (Route 616) to Route 10
  • Eastbound Route 10: Right at Pole Run Road (Route 616), left to Hines Road (Route 625), left to Lebanon Road (Route 611) to Route 10

Through and truck traffic is encouraged to use the following detour (allow 35 minutes):

  • Westbound Route 10:
    • Take Route 40 (Martin Luther King Highway) from Surry County to Route 460 west
    • Then take Route 156 (Prince George Drive) north to Route 156/106 (Ruffin Road) north to Route 10.
  • Eastbound Route 10:
    • Take Route 156/106 (Ruffin Road) south from Prince George County to Route 156 (Prince George Drive)
    • Then take Route 460 east to Route 40 (Sussex Drive) to Surry County to reach Route 10

For the latest real-time traffic information or road conditions, call 511 or visit or the Richmond District’s Twitter feed, @VaDOTRVA.  Anyone with questions can call VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).  


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