IoW Sheriff’s Office says new grid deck, wet weather to blame for JRB crashes

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jul 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-11 17:58:08-04

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office say that they believe there is a connection with the newly-installed grid deck on the James River Bridge and all the reported crashes on the bridge that they have worked during wet weather.

The Sheriff's Office wrote a letter to the Virginia Department of Transportation asking for a review of the new grid-deck installation.

Click here to read the letter, and a list of the crashes

The letter states that the IOWSO responded to 19 crashes this year on the bridge, 13 of which occurred on the grid-deck during wet weather.

They say the data does not include crashes reported to Virginia State Police but that there is definitely a distinct connection between the crashes, the grid-deck and wet weather.

VDOT says they are working with the Sheriff's Office and that they have a two week deadline to come up with more safety measures for the grid-deck.