Gloucester, King and Queen Residents – Do You Plan To Attend Inauguration?

Make your travel plans ahead of time because Construction is starting in late January on a project to replace the route 14 bridge located at Buena Vista Road and Adner Road at the county line between Gloucester and King and Queen Counties.

If this is a route you planned to take to get to the capital on the twentieth you will have to make other arrangements as the detour begins on Wednesday Jan 20.

Residents along the detour can expect increased traffic which also may affect travel times beginning on Jan 20.

VDOT advises:

Through traffic on Route 14 will be detoured for around six months while a new bridge is installed over Poropotank Creek. The project work zone is located on Route 14 approximately one mile west of the intersection with Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway).

The detour will start on Wednesday, January 20, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to follow the recommended detour route: Route 33 (Lewis B. Puller Memorial Highway) and Route 17.

View an online map of the detour route.

Message boards are being placed this week to alert travelers to the upcoming road closure at the bridge and the start date for the detour. Signs will be in place to guide motorists along the detour route once it is in effect.

The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in July 2021.

Project background

The existing bridge over Poropotank Creek was built in 1938 and is structurally deficient. It is currently posted with a vehicle weight limit of 27 tons for single-unit vehicles and 40 tons for tractor-trailers.

Virginia’s State of Good Repair program is funding the estimated $3.4 million replacement cost for a new bridge. When the new bridge opens, vehicles of all legal weights will be permitted to travel over it.

Around 4,900 vehicles a day travel on Route 14 in the project area.

The project contractor is Bryant Contracting, Inc.

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