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You asked: Why all the work on the Godwin Bridge?

Published 9:42pm Saturday, October 5, 2013

You asked: “(Does) anyone know the ultimate plan for Godwin Bridge? Why does this bridge need so much work?” — W.P., Suffolk

The plan for this bridge on the Suffolk section of Route 17 — a vital and busy thoroughfare — was to replace nine expansion joints and dams, repair 20 square yards of concrete decking, and replace about 17,475 square yards of epoxy resin, city spokeswoman Diana Klink says, and most of this has been completed.

“The Godwin Bridge has been in service for approximately 35 years and it required some maintenance commensurate with its age and use,” Klink said in an email.

But now the contractor has some additional work to do: touching up some areas where the epoxy’s application wasn’t so successful.

Temperature limitations make the epoxy tricky to apply, but it should provide a durable surface for almost 15 years when complete, Klink said.

Not that we’re saying all that is bad news, but the good news is that two recent weekend lane closures have been enough to “largely” complete the work that was challenging to get done in the cooler weather.

The Virginia Department of Transportation-funded project, which has been ongoing for a while now, was suspended around the start of 2013 until the weather warmed up.

Next on the list are pavement markings, including almost 100 lane markers, Klink said, and the expectation is that this will be completed by the end of this coming week.

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  • dollyb12

    We seriously hope that they are not finished with this bridge repair and that Suffolk does not sign off until repairs are completely finished. I just drove over the bridge yesterday, heading north, and then making a return trip heading south. In both directions, there are bumps in the road that will eventually destroy our front ends — nobody seems to be addressing these obviously rough surfaces. Bump #1: Heading north coming from Suffolk, the seam where the asphalt meets the bridge pavement does not match up smoothly and vehicles are thrown into the air upon hitting this seam and can be seen bouncing up and down after they have driven over it. Bump #2: Heading south from Carrollton to Suffolk, our vehicles literally slam into an area stretching across the southbound lane of the bridge — we are unsure if this is a joint or just a sunken area of the concrete bridge surface, but there is no mistaking it once you literally slam into it.

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