Route 703 Bridge reopens after months-long detour

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Nov. 28, 2017 | 12:40 p.m. 

CARSON – Love is in the air for some travelers who frequent Route 703 between Prince George and Dinwiddie County as the Virginia Department of Transportation announced work to replace the aging span over Rowanty Creek.

Last week, VDOT Assistant Residency Administrator Scott Thornton told Dinwiddie supervisors at their regular meeting that the months-long bridge replacement along Carson Road had been completed on-schedule and on-time.

On Valentine’s Day of this year, the bridge over Rowanty Creek was closed to traffic as crews removed the structure that was built in 1938, according to VDOT records. As a result, travelers were shifted onto Old Stage, Halifax, and Brick roads as an alternate route for the entirety of the spring and summer seasons.

Thornton said officials with the agency accepted the completed bridge last Tuesday and the detour had been lifted, much to the happiness of those at last week’s meeting.

“Thank God [Route 703] is open again,” Supervisor William Chavis remarked. “You really don’t realize how fast people drive until you see it for yourself.”

While the Carson Road bridge replacement has finished, bridge work across Dinwiddie County continues, according to VDOT officials.

A short drive from the Dinwiddie Courthouse, contractors are working to make repairs to the U.S. Route 1 bridge over CSX railroad property. That project began in February and is expected to be completed during the spring of 2018.

According to VDOT, “The primary purpose of this project is to repair the southbound Route 1 bridge over CSX property to remove the structurally deficient bridge rating and bring the

bridge to full capacity.”

That project is expected to cost roughly $3 million once completed.

In the county’s west end, crews are working to replace the 77-year-old span over Namozine Creek along Route 708 between Dinwiddie and Amelia counties. In a project update, VDOT said the previous span, built in 1940, is “substandard to handle future traffic volumes, noting that current structure measures 170 feet in length and has a clear deck width of 24 feet.

The new span would be ten feet longer and two feet wider upon completion in January, according to Thornton.

As work continues, there is a detour in place, with drivers traveling eastbound on Namozine Road being asked to take Chesdin Lake Road/Sutherland Road (Route 623) east to Exeter Mill Road (Route 611) south back to Namozine Road and westbound travelers being directed to Exeter Mill Road northbound to Sutherland Road/Chesdin Lake Road west back to Namozine Road.

Similar to the Route 703 and U.S. Route 1 bridge projects, the Route 708 project is expected to have a price tag of around $3.2 million.

Anyone with questions about the project can call VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or visit the agency’s website at http://virginiadot.org/projects and click the Richmond region for additional information and resources.

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