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The Colonial Parkway, one of Virginia's most traveled scenic drives, has been closed indefinitely to through traffic between Route 199 Kingspoint Drive and Route 359 near Jamestown Road, as announced by the National Park Service on July 24, 2009. On Friday afternoon, boaters noticed and reported a severely damaged support piling on the Powhatan Creek Bridge.

The National Park Service and Virginia Marine Police are investigating the damage, which was caused by a boating accident, but was not reported by the vessel involved in the accident. A more thorough inspection will be performed next week before a course of repairs is recommended.

The Parkway will remain open to traffic from Williamsburg to the Jamestown Information Station to allow use of the turnouts at College Creek, Archerís Hope and Mill Creek. Through traffic from Williamsburg to Jamestown should follow the marked detour, along Route 199, Jamestown Road - Route 3, and Route 359.

"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." For updates about the road closure and repairs, visit the National Park Service Colonial National Historical Park Website.
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