Think Infrastructure – Coleman Bridge Closed To Traffic for Hours

As a frequent user of the George C. Coleman Bridge over the York River I’ve written before about the importance of this connection between the 1st District counties of York and Gloucester … yesterday the aging bridge with a design similar to the one in Minnesota that collapsed was closed for a time … below is how the Daily Press covered the story

By Mike Holtzclaw  Daily Press

GLOUCESTER – The Coleman Bridge reopened to traffic at 3 p.m. today after being stuck in the open position for more than four hours, stopping all traffic flow between Gloucester and York counties.

An electrical problem caused the malfunction, which left the bridge in an open position around 10:45 a.m. All vehicles were cleared from the bridge, but traffic on Route 17 was severely backed up in both directions.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Lauren Hansen said crews managed to close the bridge and lock it down Tuesday afternoon. It reopened to vehicles at 3 p.m.

But the electrical problem has not been solved, and the bridge is now stuck in a closed position and cannot be opened for boat traffic, Hansen said.

“There will be some troubleshooting to find out what the problem is,” Hansen said.

She said if the bridge needs to be lifted again, it will be done at a non-peak time when there is little traffic.

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