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VDOT adds studs to bridge deck to reduce wrecks

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:35pm  ET

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A project aimed at reducing accidents on the James River Bridge has been completed.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says 120,000 studs have been installed on the bridge's steel grid deck to improve traction.

Corman Construction completed the $897,500 project three weeks ahead of schedule.

A three-month safety analysis released in July shows there were 17 deck-related accidents through June. That's more than the total number of accidents during the previous six years.

About 30,000 vehicles cross the 4- and-a-half-mile long bridge between Newport News and Isle of Wight County every day.

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