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New Chincoteague Causeway and Bridge

Barges are expected to be arriving for the new draw bridge and causeway modifications. More equipment is expected to arrive thru spring.

A new 3/4-mile (4,035-foot) bridge will be built over Black Narrows and Lewis Creek Channel. The bridge will provide motorists with better access to the Town of Chincoteague. A 729-foot connector bridge will be built linking the new bridge to Marsh Island.

The project technically calls for the construction of two new bridges that intersect one another over Black Narrows.

The primary bridge will begin on the west side of Black Narrows at Route 175 and span north to connect with Maddox Boulevard in Chincoteague at the Main Street intersection. The portion of the new span that crosses over Lewis Creek Channel will be a drawbridge.

Motorists will be able to access Marsh Island from the new bridge by using a second bridge called the Marsh Island Connector. The Marsh Island Connector will exit onto Marsh Island at the same location as the existing Black Narrows Bridge.

The new bridges will maintain a single lane of traffic in each direction, divided by a double line. The existing Black Narrows and Chincoteague Channel bridges will be demolished following construction.

The projected date of completion is November 2009.

For details on the bridge project, visit:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/const-project.asp?ID=193