Route 189 over Blackwater River

Route 189 over Blackwater River

Southampton County, VA

This project involved replacing a non-functioning, swing span truss bridge with a new, taller structure that provides sufficient clearance for boat traffic. Approach grades were raised by as much as 20′ and required the installation of wick drains and settlement monitoring. Structure work included demolition of the existing bridge, construction of a new 794′ long by 35′ wide bridge, and repairs to the existing timber fender system. The new structure included four hammerhead piers, two pile bents, and 61″ Bulb-T girders. Bridge construction was performed almost exclusively from a temporary trestle to protect the environmentally sensitive wetlands. This $11 million project was completed on May 8, 2023, 45 days ahead of schedule and under budget.  Bryant Structures, Inc. was recognized with the 2023 Teamwork Award from the Hampton Roads District for partnering with VDOT to deliver a quality project.

Bryant Contracting crew reviewing plans

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