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Twigg Bridge repairs planned

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Re-decking the Twigg Bridge over the Piankatank River is set to begin in May. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

The contract to refurbish the decking of the Route 3 bridge over the Piankatank River was awarded last week to Precon Marine of Chesapeake, said Sean Trapani, residency administrator for VDOT’s Saluda office.

The $10.9 million project is funded with 80 percent federal money and VDOT will make up the remaining 20 percent, he said.

The John Andrew Twigg Bridge’s concrete decking is extremely rough and has been patched in several places.

The project calls for replacing the decking one side at a time. The decking’s total width will be increased 4 feet to make 2-foot-wide shoulders for both lanes. New railing also will be installed.

At the same time, the wooden fenders that protect the bridge pilings from boat traffic will be replaced.

The bridge will remain open during the two-year project, which is scheduled to begin in May, said Trapani. Temporary traffic signals will be installed to keep one lane open during construction.

VDOT will release information as work progresses and when the work may impact motorists.

posted 03.21.2012

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