NORFOLK, Va. – North Landing Bridge was closed to vehicle traffic Monday morning while Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes emergency repairs.
Corps officials anticipate the bridge will reopen to vehicles by noon Thursday. Only slight navigation delays were expected as work crews replace damaged parts.
Joel Scussel, Norfolk District’s Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway project manager, said a mechanical part failed early Monday, damaging two other parts and cutting an electrical cable.
“We have two of the parts available,” he added, “but the third part will need to be removed from under the bridge span, repaired and reinstalled. The electrical cable has been repaired so the bridge spans can swing; however, we cannot secure the spans in place for vehicle traffic.”
North Landing Bridge, which spans the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, sits on the border between Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, where Mount Pleasant Road turns into North Landing Road.
Motorists traveling north on Mount Pleasant Road in Chesapeake can detour around the bridge by taking Centerville Turnpike to Elbow Road to Indian River Road, then back to North Landing Road. The detour should be followed in reverse for drivers traveling south on North Landing Road in Virginia Beach.
Vessels along the canal can contact the North Landing Bridge operator on Marine Channel 13 for additional details.
Norfolk District engineers say North Landing Bridge is a prime example of older infrastructure in need of major repair or replacement. The Corps is conducting an extensive analysis of the bridge.
For more information, contact Joel Scussel of Norfolk District’s Operations Branch at 757-201-7642 or the North Landing Bridge operator at 757-482-3081.