Attention boaters: Access at Hell’s Point Creek Bridge extended

Turbidity Curtain (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Public Works)
Turbidity Curtain (Southside Daily/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Public Works)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Public Works officials said through May 27, the turbidity curtain that is being used at the construction site at Hell’s Point Creek Bridge will be lifted.

The bridge is located over Hell’s Point Creek near the intersection of Sandbridge Road and Oyster Bay Lane, and two miles west of Sandpiper Road in Sandbridge.

Crews have been working since April 16 installing a temporary bridge as a bypass for traffic use and access to Sandbridge while a new replacement bridge is built., officials said.

While crews have been working on the temporary bridge, a turbidity curtain has been in use to protect the creek as an erosion and sediment requirement as well as a safety barrier to protect boaters and others who come near the bridge.

The use of the curtain has restricted some boat traffic, so IICON, the contractors for the bridge work, have agreed to lift the curtain.

Beginning May 28, the curtain will be lowered into place once again and will remain in place until the bridge work is completed – sometime in the spring of 2020.

Boaters will be encouraged to make alternate plans for water access before May 28, officials said.

For additional information, contact Ryan Johnson at 757-385-4131, or at​

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.