Cool Water Drive in Caroline reopens to traffic five months early

by | Apr 27, 2023 | Traffic

VDOT has reopened Route 652 (Cool Water Drive) in Caroline County with a new, wider bridge over Polecat Creek five months ahead of schedule. Last year, a routine bridge inspection identified significant deterioration in key elements, and VDOT closed the bridge for motorist safety.

 Preliminary engineering work for a bridge replacement project was underway since the structure was previously classified as structurally deficient and posted vehicle weight limit restrictions.

 VDOT accelerated the project schedule with the emergency bridge closure, estimated a year for construction to replace the bridge and reopen the road in September 2023. 

 The new, concrete structure is slightly wider with paved shoulders and now open to all vehicles of legal weights.   Cool Water Drive carries an average of 450 vehicles a day, according to a VDOT traffic count.


 Motorists can find information on lane closures, work zones, traffic and other incidents on 511Virginia.

Download the free mobile 511Virginia app for Apple and Android devices to stay connected. Motorists also can reach 511Virginia by calling 511 when they are not operating a motor vehicle or while using a hands-free device.

Do not use a handheld cell phone or mobile device while driving (it’s the law).


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