The bridge that carries Ft. Eustis Boulevard (Route 105) over the Lee Hall Reservoir in Newport News will be undergoing construction beginning in May 2020. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the City of Newport News, is hosting a Virtual Open House Public Meeting on Thursday, April 2 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. to discuss the proposed replacement project. Representatives from the FHWA and the city will be available to answer questions about the project and the proposed schedule and provide information on expected changes to traffic patterns and alternate routes. The project is anticipated to take 30 months, with an estimated completion of Winter 2022.
Ft. Eustis Boulevard provides a connection between Jefferson Avenue, Interstate 64 and Warwick Boulevard while also offering access to the main gate at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The existing bridge over the Lee Hall Reservoir, between the I-64 interchange and Warwick Boulevard, was originally constructed in 1960 and was widened in 1985 to its current lane configuration, with the last major rehabilitation of the bridge occurring in 1993.
The entire bridge, including the deck, piers and abutments, will be replaced by a new structure designed to meet current standards. The project will be completed in phases to minimize impacts to the traveling public and commuters into and out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis. Traffic will be maintained in both directions during all phases of construction, with no less than one lane open in each direction. Some construction activities may require occasional, short term closures, but these will not occur during peak travel times. The FHWA, city and Joint Base Langley-Eustis are collaborating to implement traffic management strategies to mitigate the impacts due to construction. During peak morning and afternoon rush hour, travelers on Ft. Eustis Boulevard should expect delays and are encouraged to seek alternate routes or avoid travel during peak times.
For information and project updates visit the project website. To join the virtual meeting, visit the Public Meeting website on Thursday, April 2 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.