Temporary traffic shifts scheduled for U.S. Route 460 bridge rehab project

Published 1:36 pm Friday, March 4, 2022

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The Virginia Department of Transportation, on March 14, will begin its next phase of rehabilitating the U.S. Route 460 (Windsor Boulevard/General Mahone boulevard) bridge over the Blackwater River at the border of Isle of Wight and Southampton counties.

Eastbound and westbound traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes on Route 460 between Zuni Circle and Tucker Swamp Road (Route 635), according to VDOT.

The new traffic pattern was to begin March 7, but was delayed a week due to weather conditions. The bridge work began in January and is expected to be complete by this fall.

Project crews will close the eastbound lanes on U.S. 460 over Blackwater River to allow for rehabilitation of the eastbound side of the bridge. This traffic pattern is estimated to be in place through summer 2022, when a new traffic pattern will take place. 

A single, reduced-width lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on Route 460. The temporary road configuration will include the use of barriers and markers to delineate lanes. Wide loads exceeding 10 feet 6 inches are advised to use alternate routes.

The suggested alternate route for restricted vehicles is as follows:

To U.S. Route 460 west:

  • Turn left on Route 258
  • Take Route 58 Business to Route 35
  • Turn right on Route 616
  • Turn left on Route 460

To U.S. Route 460 east:

  • Turn right Route 616
  • Turn left on Route 35
  • Follow Route 58 to Route 258
  • Turn right on Route 460

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511virginia.org, call 511 or download Virginia’s free 511 mobile app or the 511-integrated Waze app for current traffic and travel information.

VDOT and the contractor will work to minimize impacts and mitigate traffic issues as much as possible throughout the project duration. During construction, access will also be maintained for local businesses and residences. Motorists will be advised of any major additional lane closures, width restrictions or traffic shifts that may occur during the project. This work is dependent upon weather conditions; therefore, the schedule and duration of the work are subject to change. 

For more information on the U.S. Route 460 Project over Blackwater River in Isle of Wight County, visit the project website: https://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/route_460_over_blackwater_river.asp.