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'Brief delays' likely for drivers for 'several consecutive drawbridge openings' in West Point

More openings may be scheduled this month as testing continues
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Posted at 6:00 PM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 18:01:29-04

WEST POINT, Va. -- Drivers crossing the Eltham Bridge that connects New Kent County and West Point should expect "brief delays" Sunday evening because a series of scheduled test drawbridge openings, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials.

The openings are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. so VDOT crews can continue to test recently installed electrical equipment that operates the drawbridge.

"Several consecutive drawbridge openings are scheduled to occur tonight," VDOT officials said. "Each opening will last up to 15 minutes."

Traffic on Route 30/33 traffic will be cleared between each drawbridge opening, according to officials.

The new equipment is part of a "routine maintenance upgrade" for the bridge, according to VDOT officials.

"Additional openings may be scheduled this month as testing continues," officials said.

The Eltham Bridge, which crosses the Pamunkey River and connects West Point and New Kent County, carries an average of 21,000 vehicles a day, according to VDOT officials.