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Iron Bridge Road (Rt. 715) Bridge Repairs in Brunswick County

Also known as the Gholson Bridge, the historic structure spans the Meherrin River
Project at a Glance
Begin Date
spring 2021

Est Completion Date
fall 2021

In design

approximately $4 million

Lengths and Limits
located approximately 1.02 mi. south of Route 685 (Fleshood Lane)



Winston Phillips, PMP, project manager
(804) 524-6235

Project Description

The primary purpose of this project is to rehabilitate the aging Route 715 bridge over the Meherrin River on the existing alignment. The current bridge was built in 1884 and is not currently equipped to handle future traffic volumes. Minor pavement improvements will be necessary. A height and width detection system is proposed on each bridge approach to reduce oversized vehicle impacts to the historic structure.

Traffic Impacts

During construction, Route 715 travelers will use Route 46 (Christanna Highway) as a detour. Following right of way acquisition in fall 2019, construction is expected to begin in spring 2021 and will be completed within six months.

According to 2016 traffic counts, the Route 715 bridge carries approximately 456 vehicles per day.

Public Involvement

A public information meeting was held on February 15, 2018. A meeting fact sheet is available.

A public meeting was held on November 1, 2018. A meeting brochure is available.

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