By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
UPDATE: The Virginia Department of Transporation announced Tuesday that work to replace a bridge damaged in flooding last year has been completed along Pole Run Road and has reopened to regular traffic.
In a statement, VDOT officials said that the replacement has been completed, just over 11 months after a bridge over Wards Creek was severely damaged following a heavy rainstorm that partially washed out a section of the span.
Officials with the agency said they expect the new span to last up to 100 years.
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PRINCE GEORGE – Nearly a year after torrential rains caused major damage to a county bridge, construction on its replacement is approaching its final stages.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the emergency replacement of the bridge over Wards Creek along Pole Run Road is nearing completion, which has been closed since June 3, 2016, after a heavy rainstorm caused a localized washout and substantial damage to the south end of the bridge.
When the water finally receded, inspectors determined that the span needed to be fully replaced to ensure the safety of drivers.
According to VDOT’s bridge records, the less than a hundredth-of-a-mile span over Wards Creek was built in 1972.
Officials with the transportation agency said, weather permitting, Pole Run Road between James River Drive and Lone Oak Mill Road will remain closed through early May.
During that time, drivers are asked to continue to follow the posted detour in the area, which has eastbound travelers along Pole Run Road taking Hines Road north to James River Drive east back to Pole Run Road, while westbound Pole Run Road drivers can take James River Drive west to Hines Road south back to Pole Run Road.
Those with questions about the ongoing construction can contact VDOT’s customer service number at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623) or https://my.vdot.virginia.gov.