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Centerville Turnpike Bridge closed after barge strike; Coast Guard investigating

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Posted at 12:33 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 15:10:14-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The Coast Guard is investigating after a barge struck the Centerville Turnpike Bridge early Saturday morning.

According to the Coast Guard, the allision was reported at 4:46 a.m. The bridge was damaged, and remains closed to vehicle traffic.

As of Monday at 2 p.m., the bridge still remains closed to traffic.

A marine investigating officer and marine inspectors from Sector Virginia are conducting an investigation at the Centerville Turnpike Bridge to determine the cause of the allision.

The Coast Guard established a safety zone prohibiting vessels from approaching or transiting within 100 feet of the bridge. A 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Portsmouth and Chesapeake Police boats are also on scene to ensure safety in the area.

If you know anything about the incident, call the Sector Virginia Command Center at 757-483-8567.