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Little Ivy Creek Bridge Officially Closes to Allow for Remodeling

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Construction is underway on Little Ivy Creek Bridge Construction is underway on Little Ivy Creek Bridge
Drivers are asked to take alternate routes over the course of construction Drivers are asked to take alternate routes over the course of construction
Renovations are expected to take about two weeks to complete Renovations are expected to take about two weeks to complete
Around 11,000 drivers cross this bridge daily Around 11,000 drivers cross this bridge daily
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Little Ivy Creek Bridge in Albemarle County is officially off limits to traffic on Route 250 for the time being.

Construction got underway at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13, and is expected to last two weeks.

The existing bridge was built in the 1930s and is now practically falling apart.

“Thousands of vehicles use this bridge every day,” says Will Merritt, VDOT’s communications coordinator. “It’s an important bridge for us.”

The Virginia Department of Transportation hopes that drivers will recognize that this closure is a short-term inconvenience and it will make a lasting positive impact.

“The contractor will remove the entire structure and replace the bridge with a four-cell box culvert,” says Merritt. “It’s going to come in in several different pieces; this is an expedited construction method.”

The existing bridge is more than 80 years old and is crumbling under the weight of traffic.

“Currently, there’s concrete that's exposed that’s falling off on the sides of the bridge,” says Merritt.

During construction, drivers will have to take an alternate route.

“To ease delays for motorists on Rt. 250, we have adjusted the traffic pattern on 250 at the I-64 interchange at Exit 107 so drivers will notice a temporary change in the traffic pattern that is purely to reduce delays,” says Merritt.

Abigail Sewell lives near the Route 250 bridge and says she crosses it every day to get to work.

“I moved downtown recently; I’ve been here my whole life,” says Sewell.

Now, she, along with the 11,000 other drivers that cross that bridge every day will have to take I-64 - like VDOT recommends - or take smaller back roads to get to their destination.

“Those side roads are pretty small, they’re very narrow, they don't really have a lot of lines on them or anything, so I think people will take them a little bit too fast so I’m a little bit nervous about that,” says Sewell.

VDOT is asking drivers to allow for more time on their daily commutes.

“We understand that during the morning and afternoon commute there’s going to be increased congestion out there, and we ask motorists to plan for that and expect there to be added traffic on the interstate,” says Merritt.

Drivers are also asked to be patient throughout the next two weeks because the end result will be worth this temporary hassle.

“Any kind of fixing of the road that we can do and improving the architecture and the structure of it is always good by me,” says Sewell.

The Virginia Department of Transportation would also like to remind drivers to check 511 to view current traffic conditions as they sidestep the Route 250 closure.

If all goes according to plan, the new bridge will be open by July 27.

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