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Historic Jamestowne Visitor Travel Advisory

July 27, 2009

The Colonial Parkway between Route 199/King's Point and Route 359 (Jamestown) is closed indefinitely to through traffic due to a boating accident that severely damaged a support piling on the Powhatan Creek bridge. Engineers from the Federal Highway Administration have already performed a preliminary inspection of the damaged piling and bridge to determine the extent of the damage. They will continue a more thorough inspection next week before recommending a course of repairs.

From Williamsburg, the Parkway will remain open to traffic as far as the Jamestown Information Station to allow use of the turnouts at College Creek, Archer's Hope and Mill Creek; however, through traffic from Williamsburg to Jamestown will need to make use of the marked detour utilizing Route 199, Jamestown Road (Route 31), and Route 359.

The National Park Service and Virginia Marine Police are investigating the damage, which was not reported by the vessel involved in the accident. Recreational boaters reported it to the National Park Service Friday afternoon. "First and foremost, we are thankful that the Powhatan Creek bridge did not collapse beneath the weight of any vehicles prior to the discovery of the damage and that this very serious situation caused no injuries," said Park Superintendent Dan Smith. "We recognize the importance of the Colonial Parkway to the local transportation system as well as area tourism and are working to fix the damage and reopen the Parkway as quickly and safely as possible."

Press Contact:
Tina Calhoun
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Preservation Virginia
204 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
804-648-1889 x. 316

Mike Litterst
Public Affairs Officer
National Park Service -
Colonial National Historical Park
Ph: 757-898-2409
Fax: 757-898-6346

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