Route 250 bridge at Ivy to close July 13 for two-week replacement project
Western Albemarle commuters will face a challenge for two weeks in July when the Virginia Department of Transportation closes the bridge over Little Ivy Creek near Ivy west of Charlottesville. The closure, which begins Friday, July 13, is necessary to replace the deteriorating structure. The project will temporarily restrict through traffic on Route 250 (Ivy Road) between Crozet and Charlottesville.
During the closure, motorists who normally travel over the bridge just west of Route 637 (Dick Woods Road) should use Interstate 64 as the detour route. The additional traffic will increase congestion on I-64 during peak morning and afternoon travel times, and drivers should factor that into their trip planning. Access will be maintained to all cross streets and private entrances off Route 250 on both sides of the bridge, but traffic will not be able to travel across the bridge.
Using accelerated construction techniques, the bridge will be replaced with pre-cast box culverts that can be set more quickly, minimizing the length of the road closure. The bridge will reopen to traffic on or before Friday, July 27.
Burleigh Construction Co., Inc., of Concord, Va., is replacing the bridge under a $1,277,945.80 contract. The contract includes an incentive of $25,000 if the bridge is substantially complete and open to traffic before July 27, and an additional $15,000 for each day prior to July 27 the road is open. If the bridge is not substantially complete by July 27, a $15,000 disincentive will be levied for each day the bridge remains closed.
VDOT worked closely with Albemarle County, local emergency response agencies, businesses and nearby residents to determine the best way to accomplish the bridge replacement. Comments received at the public hearing overwhelmingly favored the two-week closure rather than a phased construction plan that would have restricted traffic on Route 250 to one lane, controlled by a traffic signal, for at least three months. The closure is scheduled during July to avoid affecting daily school traffic and to take advantage of the seasonal reduction in commuter traffic.
The current bridge was built in 1932 and is structurally deficient. Approximately 11,500 vehicles cross the bridge daily. The new structure is a four-cell box culvert that will be set in place in four sections after the old bridge is removed.