US Army Corps of Engineers
Norfolk District

AIWW Deep Creek Bridge in Chesapeake

Published April 18, 2018

Deep Creek Bridge Graphic

Replacement project scope
Bridge Replacement Plans The project will replace the federally owned Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Deep Creek Bridge
a functionally obsolete, two-lane, 20-foot-wide, single-leaf bridge with a 144-foot-long, 60-foot-wide, five-lane, dual-leaf drawbridge.

The project includes improvements to approaching roadways.

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

about $50 million

Early 2017 -- right-of-way acquisition (underway as of April 2017)
Spring 2020 -- contract award
(targeted dates are estimated and subject to change)

Current Bridge Limitations


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

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

Replacing the bridge will improve traffic flow and meet Virginia Department of Transportation and city of Chesapeake requirements. It comes at a time in which road improvements are being made to either side of the bridge. Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to replace 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.








Citizen's Information Meeting Graphics

Bridge Placemat Bridge Cross Section Maintenance of Traffic Plan






Project News

USCG Deep Creek Bridge Replacement Permit
All interested parties are notified that an application dated June 28, 2019, has been received fromthe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by the Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District, for approvalof the...
USACE: Deep Creek Bridge Replacement Project continues to progress
NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving ahead with its state and city partners on the Deep Creek Bridge Replacement Project in Chesapeake, but ongoing real-estate...
USACE pushes ahead with Deep Creek Bridge Replacement Project
Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has mapped out plans to replace the aging Deep Creek Bridge in Chesapeake, alongside its state and city partners....
Corps, city to host citizen information meeting for Deep Creek Bridge
The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Chesapeake are hosting a citizen's information meeting on Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Deep Creek Community...


Will the bridge be tolled?

Will vehicles still be able to use the bridge during construction?
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.