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Corps completes initial repairs of North Landing Bridge

Norfolk District Public Affairs Office
Published June 21, 2016
The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers derrick boat ELIZABETH sits moored at the North Landing Bridge as contractors work to repair the bridge June 21, 2016. The ELIZABETH provided logistical support and manpower to the repair operations, which were needed after gearing was damaged by a barge strike on June 4. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers derrick boat ELIZABETH sits moored at the North Landing Bridge as contractors work to repair the bridge June 21, 2016. The ELIZABETH provided logistical support and manpower to the repair operations, which were needed after gearing was damaged by a barge strike on June 4. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

Christopher West, a welder with Norfolk Machine and Welding Inc., contracted by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, works on repairing damaged gear teeth on the North Landing Bridge here, June 21, 2016. The repairs were needed to fix damage caused by a barge striking the bridge on June 4. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

Christopher West, a welder with Norfolk Machine and Welding Inc., contracted by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, works on repairing damaged gear teeth on the North Landing Bridge here, June 21, 2016. The repairs were needed to fix damage caused by a barge striking the bridge on June 4. (U.S. Army photo/Patrick Bloodgood)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The North Landing Bridge here will reopen to vehicle traffic at 2:45 p.m. today following a six-hour closure to repair damages to the bridge.

The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, completed repairs on damaged gear teeth and steel girders caused during a barge accident June 4.

Until additional repairs are completed later this year, the bridge is still restricted to four full opening per day for larger watercraft. Those openings will occur at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m..

Additionally, bridge operators will continue to open one span of the bridge every hour and half hour between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on demand after 7 p.m., for smaller watercraft.

“Having these repairs complete means barges can traverse the bridge on a more normal schedule,” said Joel Scussel, Norfolk District project manager. “Prior to these repairs we limited the openings to just one a day, which lasted about 30 minutes and was not beneficial for motorists traveling between Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.”

The North Landing Bridge handles approximately 11,000 vehicles per day under normal conditions; while the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal allows for 1-million tons of commerce to safely travel north and south along the waterway.