James River Bridge work rescheduled

Posted at 2:16 PM, Sep 21, 2012

Here is the release from VDOT on the JRB work:

SUFFOLK– The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has reorganized the water crossing maintenance schedule to better accommodate the needs of the motoring public. The Route 17 James River Bridge (JRB) southbound lanes will be closed for the next two weekends, beginning Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in an effort to complete the steel grid deck repairs. The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) eastbound repaving work is tentatively scheduled for after Columbus Day. 

All southbound lanes of the Route 17 James River Bridge will be closed beginning the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012, for grid deck repairs. For two consecutive weekends, motorists are advised to use the Interstate 664 south Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) as an alternate route. A signed detour will be in place. Motorists are urged to avoid the area near Route 17 and should anticipate delays. Weekend closures are scheduled as follows: 

  • Friday, Sept. 28, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 9 p.m. until Monday, Oct. 8, at 5 a.m. 

Upon completion of work on the James River Bridge southbound lanes, crews will close the northbound lanes. A closure of the James River Bridge will not occur while there is a closure of the I-64 east Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. 

VDOT will continues its aggressive outreach campaign that encompasses billboards, radio and television spots on local stations, social media platforms, and print ads in various daily and weekly publications. 

Motorists are encouraged to call 511 or the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016, visit, or listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM for current traffic and travel information.