As of Aug. 8, a portion of the Virginia Capital Trail and wooden bridge, between mile markers 1 and 2, has reopened to trail visitors, weeks earlier than anticipated.
On Monday, Aug. 5, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began emergency repairs on the damaged pedestrian bridge, which included installation of an additional support pile, replacement of a timber pier cap, and rehabilitation of the bridge deck and railing. Crews are finishing minor repairs on the embankments adjacent to the bridge, however, the bridge has been repaired and reopened during the evening on Aug. 8.
On July 23, VDOT temporarily closed approximately 1 mile of the multi-use trail as a safety precaution due to a damaged section of bridge needing emergency repairs. Repairs were initially estimated to last approximately two to three weeks; however, VDOT crews were able to mobilize quickly and replaced the damaged section of bridge in less than one week.
The Virginia Capital Trail is a 52-mile bicycle and pedestrian shared-use trail that connects Virginia’s past and present state capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along Scenic Route 5.
Brittany McBride Nichols