The southbound Main Street bridge over Fox Mill Run will be replaced at a cost of $4 million beginning in October in a project that's expected to take a year and cause some potential motorist headaches.
To build a replacement bridge, both southbound lanes of Route 17 Business must be closed to traffic at Fox Mill Run for 12 months, said a Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
Northbound and southbound traffic on Main Street -- also known as Route 17 Business -- will narrow to one lane in each direction around 500 feet north of Fox Mill Run. Main Street will return to two lanes of traffic in each direction approximately 600 feet south of Fox Mill Run.
The new bridge will have wider travel lanes and shoulders to accommodate higher projected traffic volumes. The existing bridge was built in 1927.
A public meeting on the project will be held on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Gloucester County Public Library. Officials from VDOT will be at the meeting to discuss the project plans and lane closure information and answer questions, the spokeswoman said.
Work is expected to begin in mid-October. Approximately 19,000 vehicles a day travel over the southbound Main Street bridge over Fox Mill Run, according to a 2008 VDOT traffic count. By 2032, VDOT projects an average of 38,000 vehicles a day will cross the bridge.