Both lanes of Twigg Bridge open to traffic
by Tom Chillemi
The re-decking of the John Andrew Twigg Bridge at Hartfield is complete. On June 2, traffic traveled in both directions on the bridge for the first time in over two years. That’s good news for the approximately 7,245 vehicles per day that use the bridge to cross the Piankatank River between Middlesex and Mathews counties.
Precon Marine Inc. of Chesapeake started the $10.9 million project in April 2012.
This was the first major overhaul for the bridge, which was built in 1952-53. Before the project began, the Twigg Bridge was considered structurally deficient, which means at least one element of the bridge—deck, substructure or superstructure—had a rating of 4 or below on the National Bridge Inspection Standards rating scale, which ranges from 0-9, explained Kelly Hannon of VDOT. The term “structurally deficient” means that one element or more of a bridge needs repair or maintenance, or monitoring. After construction ends, the bridge will continue to be inspected every 2 years.
The bridge is 2,092 feet long and during construction was expanded. It was 24 feet wide curb to curb and is now 28 feet wide.
Bridge deck and bridge superstructure, which is the portion of the bridge visible to motorists as they cross the structure, were replaced.
The construction strengthened the pilings that support the entire bridge.
The project replaced the bridge fenders that protect the bridge from passing marine traffic.
The bridge is no longer considered structurally deficient and meets maintenance standards.
Now, there is no posted weight limit on the bridge. Previously, the bridge had a weight limit of 27 tons for single-unit trucks, and 40 tons for tractor-trailers.