As a distinct fixture in the overall historic Colonial Parkway experience for the last 50 years, VDOT and the National Park Service recognized the importance of maintaining the historic aesthetics of the overpass bridges carrying I-64 over Colonial Parkway once interstate expansion was completed.
Just as the existing bridges were built in the 1960's to mimic the 1930's brickwork of other bridges along Colonial Parkway, special consideration and efforts have been made to match the size, color and shape of the bridge brickwork to be used in construction of the new sections of bridge, as well as in repairing the existing sections. Brick manufacturer and supplier, Calvert Masonry, traveled to the bridge site from Manassas no less than five times to match and perfect the brick colorization and produced approximately 60,000 bricks in the first firing for the job. Custom molds were also utilized to ensure the unique shape of the bricks for the bridge archways.
In order to ensure the safe removal of some existing brickwork and reconstruction of the new brickwork over and directly adjacent to the roadway,
a long-term, single-lane closure will be in place on Colonial Parkway
starting as early as mid-January 2020. During the closure, traffic will be alternated in each direction using a temporary traffic signal equipped with a video detection system.
Starting as early as the last week of December, portable changing message signs (PCMS) will begin notifying motorists of the upcoming traffic pattern change. Stay tuned for schedule updates via the digital message boards on-site, email traffic alerts, the I-64 Widening website and VDOT Hampton Roads Facebook group.