Under Construction: South Quay Bridge Replacement (Route 189)

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The project is located on South Quay Road (Route 189) in Southampton County and the City of Suffolk. The existing bridge was constructed in 1940; it is structurally deficient with a load posting of 22 tons and has a vertical clearance of 15-feet.

The roadway will consist of two 11-foot lanes and 6-foot shoulders. Due to the higher elevation of the new bridge, improvement of 1,006 feet of approach roadway will also be required. 

A detour and road closure will be in place until summer 2023.


The purpose of the project is to replace the existing structurally deficient and functionally obsolete swing span bridge with a fixed span structure that will have a 35-foot vertical clearance.

Major Milestones 

Bryant Structures Inc. based in Toano, Virginia was awarded the construction contract.

Construction began in March 2021 and is estimated to be completed in summer 2023.

The South Quay Road Bridge Replacement project was scheduled for advertisement in August 2020. 

A design public hearing was held Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Southampton County Office Center.


Contact Info:

Hampton Roads Communications

Project Photos

Other relevant links:

Project Brochure

UPC: 98813

Lat/Long: 36.645065, -76.857385

Locality: Southampton and Suffolk

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Route 189 over Blackwater River map
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South Quay Road Bridge

Page last modified: May 27, 2022