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Benjamin Harrison Bridge will be closed Monday over 'unexpected delays'

VDOT: 'Crews are working to open the bridge ASAP'
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Posted at 7:22 PM, Nov 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 13:15:26-05

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- Unexpected delays mean the Benjamin Harrison Bridge will likely be closed Monday after crews worked over the weekend to replace the bridge's lifting rope and clutch, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials.

"Work will continue past the 6 a.m. projected open time due to unexpected delays," officials said Sunday evening. "Drivers should continue using the detour route through the Monday morning and evening commute. Crews are working to open the bridge ASAP."

The 54-year-old vertical-lift bridge that spans the James River and connects Prince George and Charles City counties has been closed for the past two weekends as crews worked to replacement the parts as well as several ongoing upgrades, according to officials.

VDOT posted the following detours for drivers:

Northbound Route 156/106 - Take Jordan Point Road (Route 156) south to Route 10 west to I-295 north to Route 5 (Exit 22A) east back to Route 156/106.

Southbound Route 156/106 - Take Roxbury Road (Route 106) north to Route 5 west to I-295 south to Route 10 (Exit 15A) east back to Route 156/106.

Through travelers can use Interstates 295 and 64 or the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry as alternate routes to the Hampton Roads area.