Extensive repairs underway on Tidemill Bridge

by Peter J. Teagle - Posted on Aug 07, 2019 - 01:49 PM

Photo: The Tidemill Road bridge over Sarah’s Creek is undergoing VDOT maintenance after being designated “structurally deficient” in 2018. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

The Tidemill Road bridge over Sarah’s Creek is undergoing VDOT maintenance after being designated “structurally deficient” in 2018. Photo by Peter J. Teagle

As drivers in Gloucester Point have undoubtedly noticed, the Tidemill Road bridge over Sarah’s Creek is undergoing VDOT maintenance after being designated “structurally deficient” in 2018. The repairs come as part of a $2.1 million state project to repair six bridges in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District, of which Gloucester is a part.

Kelly Hannon, a member of VDOT’s media contact team, explained that the project is focused on repairing bridge beam ends on each of the six bridges. “Structurally deficient does not mean a bridge is unsafe for travel,” Hannon said, “but it is an indicator that a bridge needs maintenance or repair work to improve its condition.”

The Tidemill Road bridge was built in 1974 and sees an average of 3,400 vehicles a day, according to VDOT estimates.

The project is funded through “State of Good Repair funds,” which are state resources targeted at “improving or replacing structurally deficient bridges across Virginia.”

Hannon said motorists can expect periodic single-lane closures on the bridge with one-way alternating traffic. While the bridge will remain open and passable at all times, travelers can expect minor delays when crews are at work.

All work is scheduled to be completed by February 2020.