Parkway to Reopen at Powhatan Bridge Thursday

June 30th, 2010 by Kim Lenz

The National Park Service plans to reopen Powhatan Creek Bridge Thursday at noon on, following two projects to repair a damaged piling and replace the concrete bridge decking. The reopening of the bridge will allow travelers on the Colonial Parkway to enjoy uninterrupted the entire 23-mile route between Jamestown and Yorktown.

The bridge was initially closed last July for emergency repairs due to a boating accident that severely damaged one of the bridge’s support pilings.

The bridge has remained closed following those emergency repairs to allow for previously scheduled resurfacing of the bridge decking. The projects have been managed by the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highway Administration.

Beginning in mid-July, contractors will be sandblasting and painting the structural steel supports of six parkway bridges. While the Colonial
Parkway will remain open during the project, work zones with lane closures and reduced speed limits will be placed at King’s Creek Bridge, College Creek Bridge, Mill Creek Bridge, Jamestown Ismuth Bridge, Indian Field Creek Bridge, and the Route 17 overpass. Only one bridge will have a lane closure at any given time. The bridge work is scheduled to be completed in spring 2011.

Weekly updates to the roadwork on the Colonial Parkway are provided by the Federal Highway Administration by clicking here.

6 Responses to Parkway to Reopen at Powhatan Bridge Thursday

  1. Anonymous

    June 30, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Way overdue

  2. Anonymous

    June 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I, and others, want and need to know what and will happen to the person who ran into the bridge piling, and fleeing? Isn’t anyone outraged at how our local treasure, the Colonial Parkway, was severely handicapped for sooo long? Who will “pay”, $$$ and in our courts, for such behavior and inconvenience?

  3. Anonymous

    June 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    The person [quote name=”i-care”]I, and others, want and need to know what and will happen to the person who ran into the bridge piling, and fleeing? Isn’t anyone outraged at how our local treasure, the Colonial Parkway, was severely handicapped for sooo long? Who will “pay”, $$$ and in our courts, for such behavior and inconvenience?[/quote]

    I think that person has died of old age now.

  4. Anonymous

    June 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Glad to hear the bidge will reopen but what happened to the person who caused the accident? I think people have a right to know.

  5. Anonymous

    July 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Actually, they WYDaily did a good job of covering the saga with the person that ran into the bridge. He ultimately admitted to having caused the damage, and was charged with it. His parent company, whose name I don’t remember, that was doing the dredging in the channel, paid for the repairs. I’m sure that whatever the man was charged with won’t seem like enough to those of us that love the parkway, but at least he was charged and jailed, and at least his parent company paid for the repairs.

  6. Anonymous

    July 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Remember also that the pylon repair was done quickly. The scheduled maintenance and resurfacing of the bridge was delayed because of the wet winter and early spring. If it had just been the pylon repair, the bridge would have been reopened in 2009.

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