PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg city council members announce that it will take hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace a bridge that has been closed for several years.
The bridge at St. Andrew Street and Lt. Run has been closed for seven years because funding was not available to complete repairs.
In it’s November 17th meeting, a Petersburg resident asked council members for an update on the status of the bridge. City leaders estimated that the cost to completely replace the bridge would be approximately $625,000.
The bridge connects the Blandford and Bunker Hill neighborhoods. It was also a route to I-85 and I-95. Some motorists say the closure is a huge inconvenience.
“It’s a shame, because that bridge has been in this community for years, and to make you go all the way around the block. They’ve fixed everything else around here but that bridge,” says Robert McKeever, a Petersburg resident.
George Perkinson, a mail carrier also wants for the bridge to be repaired and then re-opened.
“It’s been a big inconvenience because some of the city carriers, when have to go back and forth, we have to drive back out to Washington Street and do a big loop and loop back that way instead of making a quick little short cut,” said Perkinson.
However, 8news anchor Ava-joye Burnett spoke with one resident who was content with the closure, because it meant less traffic coming through his neighborhood.
When asked what do you want to see happen, do you want them to re-open it?” The resident who did not want to be identified answered, “No. I like it like that. Nice and quite, peaceful, less traffic.
Many residents who walk or use bikes continue to travel across the bridge, while many drivers relying on GPS systems, are forced to do U-turns when they realize the bridge is closed.