Software glitch closes Va. bridge ‘until further notice’

Posted at 7:12 AM, Oct 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-24 07:12:23-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — The Benjamin Harrison Bridge, which connects Prince George and Charles City counties, will remain closed “until further notice” due to a software glitch, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) said.

The bridge had been closed for work this week, but will remain closed until the glitch is resolved.

“The software glitch has locked the brakes on the bridge, which prevents the auxiliary drive from opening the lift span to marine traffic,” VDOT said. “Crews have been working overnight to resolve the issue. They will remain working on scene until the bridge can reopen.”

VDOT has advised drivers to take this alternate route:

  • Local drivers can take Jordan Point Rd. (Rte 106/156) south to Rte 10 west. Take I-295 north to Rte 5 (Exit 22A) back to Jordan Point Rd. (Rte 106/156).
  • Through drivers can use I-295 and 64 or the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry as alternate routes to the Hampton Roads area.
  • Marine traffic will remain unaffected as the lift span remains open during closures.

Click here for more information about the Benjamin Harrison Bridge improvement projects.