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Work on southbound Route 17 bridge over Dragon Run is completed

Construction was completed Friday on a multi-month project to improve and rehabilitate the southbound bridge that carries Route 17 over the Dragon Run. The work began in May 2020.

The bridge marks the county line between Gloucester and Middlesex.

Kelly Hannon of the Virginia Department of Transportation said the $4.1 million project improved the existing bridge by installing a slightly wider bridge deck and new steel beams. It also improved the bridge approaches on Route 17 southbound.

The Route 17 southbound bridge over Dragon Run bridge was built in 1957.

Now that work is completed, the 24-hour single-lane closure on Route 17 southbound has been lifted and two southbound travel lanes are now open on the bridge.

Hannon said the Virginia State of Good Repair program funded this project. The program dedicates state maintenance funds to restoring deficient bridges and pavements.

The project contractor was J. Sanders Construction Co. of West Point.

According to Hanno...

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