VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The City of Virginia Beach provided an update on the progress of maintenance to the Pungo Ferry Bridge on Tuesday.
City officials say the Virginia Beach Public Works Operations Group has scheduled routine maintenance to the bridge starting this month. The bridge is currently 29 years old (built around 1991) and allows vehicles to cross over the North Landing River between Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
The notice-to-proceed was issued on Monday, February 8. The city says work on the bridge will begin in late February with single-lane closures; full weekend closures will begin in mid-March.
This project is considered preventative maintenance and will reportedly include:
- Repairs to the deck and beams
- Bearing replacement
- Epoxy deck overlay
- Cleaning, painting, and waterproofing of steel components.
On April 1, the city provided an updated schedule for the project.
Weekend closures will resume at 9 p.m. the weekend of Friday, April 2 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 5. The revision concerns the day schedule and will begin at 5 a.m. Monday, April 5 through Friday April 9, when there will be continuous single lane closures with flaggers.
All lanes will be open each day from 3-7 p.m.
Crews will begin the epoxy deck overlay and continue each day through Sunday, April 11.
With spring break that week, there will little to no impact on local schools. Virginia Beach Fire/EMS/VBPD will still be able to pass as with any flagging operation.
At this time, the weekend full bridge closures will continue through Friday, May 3.
Work on the project is scheduled to be completed June 2021, weather permitting.