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Gwynn’s Island bridge reopens for marine traffic

Scheduled bridge openings for marine traffic resumed at the bridge over Milford Haven that connects Gwynn’s Island and mainland Mathews County, the Virginia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

The bridge had been closed to marine traffic since Jan. 22, because of an emergency mechanical repair required to operate the bridge’s moveable swing span.

Daily, scheduled openings have resumed at 2 a.m., 5 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. The bridge remained open to vehicle traffic during the repair work.

Built in 1938, the bridge opens approximately 3,000 times a year, which is more than any other state-maintained movable bridge in Virginia.

The bridge’s navigational clearance is 11 feet vertically and 80 feet horizontally when closed. Watercraft that cannot navigate underneath the bridge within this clearance requires an opening.

A previously scheduled, separate bridge maintenance project is starting soon that will improve the condition of the bridge’s me...

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