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North Landing Bridge hit second time this year, forces restrictions

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Posted at 6:48 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 18:48:11-04
North Landing Bridge

North Landing Bridge

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The North Landing Bridge is operating under additional restricted openings after being hit for the second time this year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On Saturday a barge traveling along the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal attempted to pass through the North Landing Bridge. The bridge was performing a half opening and the barge struck the bridge, damaging gears.

In March, a barge hit the bridge and caused restricted openings too.

Vehicles are safe to travel on the bridge but in order to limit stress on the structure, engineers recommend only one extended opening per day.

The opening will be at 9:30 a.m. for barge traffic.

According to engineers, the 65-year-old bridge may require a multi-hour closure once the repair parts are fabricated.

It’s unknown how long repairs will take.