Both lanes of Twigg Bridge now open
As some area drivers have been painfully aware, the bridge was the subject of a two-year rehabilitation project, during which time traffic signals were in place on both the Mathews and Middlesex sides of the bridge, alternating traffic on one of the two lanes while work to replace the deck was completed.
On Friday afternoon, officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation gave the bridge one last inspection before both lanes were reopened to traffic.
Construction work was done in two phases. The first phase involved replacing the deck on the northbound lane.
That work fell several months behind schedule, necessitating that crews from Precon Marine Inc. of Chesapeake work seven days a week, and between 12-24 hours a day to get the work done in time, according to VDOT engineer Bill Collins, who served as project manager.
During the last nine months of the project, only two work days were missed due to inclement weather. As a result, crews were able to catch up and finish the southbound lane in about nine months.
The project, which began in April 2012, carried a price tag of $10.9 million. The bridge deck and superstructure were replaced, which is the portion of the bridge visible to motorists as they cross the structure. The project also strengthened the pilings which support the entire bridge. A material called shotcrete was used to reinforce the pilings.