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Replacement project scope
The project will replace the federally-owned Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Deep Creek Bridge; a functionally obsolete two-lane split leaf bascule bridge; with a 144-foot long, 60-foot wide five-lane drawbridge.

The project includes improvements to the approaching roadways.

Authorization
The U.S. House of Representatives authorized the replacement of the Deep Creek Bridge as part of H.R. 1495, the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. WRDA is a bill dedicated to authorizing the activities of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Cost
$48.4 million

Schedule
Early 2016 -- Federal funding secured
June 2016 -- State funding secured
Early 2017 -- Right-of-way acquisition begins (underway as of April 2017)
Late  2019 -- Construction begins

Background
Built in 1934, Deep Creek Bridge is a federally owned and operated two-lane bridge that crosses the Dismal Swamp Canal at U.S. Route 17 Business.

In October 1996, the approved initial appraisal concluded the bridge is functionally obsolete because of increasing traffic volumes, too narrow of a roadway and poor alignment with the connecting roads.

Replacing the bridge will improve traffic flow, meet Virginia Department of Transportation and City of Chesapeake requirements, and comes at a time in which road improvements are being made to either side of the bridge. The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to replace the Deep Creek Bridge with a five-lane roadway located 100 feet south of the existing bridge.

Once completed, the AIWW Deep Creek Bridge will be operated, maintained, and owned by the City of Chesapeake.


FAQs

Will the bridge be tolled?
No

Will vehicles still be able to use the bridge during construction?
Yes
The new south span of the bridge will be built first while the current bridge is still in use. Once the south span is completed, traffic will be diverted to that span, the old bridge will be demolished, and the north span will be constructed in its place.