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Bridge repair plans discussed at meeting

At least a half dozen VDOT representatives, including several engineers, were at the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad building Tuesday evening to talk with residents about repairs to the Gwynn’s Island bridge planned for next year.

VDOT assistant residency administrator Joyce McGowan said the purpose of the meeting was to gather information from residents about the impact the construction project might have on them. First one lane then the other will be blocked during the six-to-nine-month project, leaving one 9’6" lane open at all times.

Vehicles wider than 9’6" won’t be able to cross the bridge during the initial stage of construction, said engineer Shahrad Behboodi. However, he said that during the later stages of the project, after repairs to certain stringers have been made, there is a possibility the open lane may be wider than 9’6".

McGowan said that she became aware of the impact on business that changes to traffic patterns on ...

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