Work begins on new Morgan Ford bridge

Tim Cooper, senior construction inspector for the Virginia Department of Transportation, walks along a section of the Morgan Ford bridge project on Tuesday. Construction crews have taken out approximately 75 feet of the old bridge on the northern section to create room for the bridge's first pier. The bridge abutment will be where the framing stands in the background. The project is scheduled for completion by June 2018. Rich Cooley/Daily
Orders Construction Company crew members – carpenter Marvin Holmes, left, and welder Joe Gillman prepare steel I-beams to be cut and used as a cofferdam for the construction of the new Morgan Ford bridge in Warren County on Tuesday. An approximately 75-foot section on the north side of the bridge has been taken out as crews will install a cofferdam and install the first pier. Rich Cooley/Daily