Rendering of the Completed Lesner Bridge Structure
A Construction Camera
has been installed to view images of the bridge construction. Images are updated on the hour.
team has received a number of requests from citizens to have more consistent
project updates. We are glad to do that, so each week we will send out an
update that includes a two-week “look ahead” schedule so that everyone will
know what impacts from the project can be expected – including any lane
October 17, 2014
more daytime lane closures today, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford
Street and the Lesner Bridge.
Today, October 17 and Monday October 20, the electrical
contractor will complete the boring of the new electrical conduit beneath East
Stratford Street from the Sushi
Restaurant to J&A
Racing. Then on Tuesday
October 21, the contractor will repair several potholes that have formed
on Shore Drive east of East Stratford Street.
This work will require a SINGLE LANE CLOSURE on eastbound
Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge between the
hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for each day of work.
this work, a police officer will be located at the intersection of Shore
Drive and East Stratford Street to assist with vehicles entering and
leaving East Stratford Street from Shore Drive.
last project update mentioned that several recently placed concrete traffic
barriers located on westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Lesner
Bridge had to be replaced and would also require a daytime westbound lane
closure to do this work. In lieu of replacement, the contractor is
considering repair of these three temporary barriers. Because of that, no
daytime lane closure on westbound Shore Drive at Page Avenue is planned at this
for the latest progress:
of the new bridge abutment “A” continues on the west side of the Lynnhaven
Inlet. Formwork for the new westbound bridge abutment is now being
constructed and is expected to be completed by October 24.
Concrete for the new abutment will likely be placed the week of October 27.
of the four 4’ diameter x 95’ deep shafts have already been constructed at
bridge Pier #2. Construction of the two remaining shafts at Pier #2 will
be completed by the week of October 20.
temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site
(LDMSS) continues. The tie-back system on the new bulkhead will begin to
be installed the week of October 20th and is anticipated to be
complete by Friday, October 24. The formwork for the
concrete cap on the temporary bulkhead will likely be completed by October 31.
and preparation of the new westbound bridge approach located on the east side
of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment
continues. The contractor is currently excavating the foundation for the
new retaining wall that will be installed between 3556 On the Bay Condominiums
and Shore Drive.
also are continuing to install wick drains in the westbound bridge approach
area between Page Avenue and the bridge. (“Wick Drains” are being used to
accelerate the consolidation of a soft, compressible clay layer that exists
approximately 50 feet below grade. As we place select fill material to
build up the new bridge approaches, we want to accelerate and greatly increase
the consolidation and settlement of this soft layer prior to building the new
will continue to keep you informed of our progress as we move forward with this
a safe driving weekend!
This project first appeared in the FY 2002-03 CIP and is included in the Governor’s Transportation Plan. Lesner bridge was identified for replacement through the City’s bridge condition inventory and the Shore Drive Transportation Study. In VDOT’s final FY2014 six-year plan, the State shifted prior VDOT funding to out years, but requested the City maintain the prior schedule. The City Council approved substitution of contractual obligation debt on August 13, 2013 so the project could be bid for construction, with agreement that VDOT would provide $10,453,200 in FY 2014-15, $13,000,000 in FY 2016-17, and $14,220,117 in FY 2017-18 and the local debt would be decreased in those years accordingly. Bid were opened on December 21, 2013 and the construction contract executed with McLean Construction on April 28, 2014. The Notice to Proceed for construction was issued for June 2, 2014.
This project will replace the existing Lesner Bridge with a signature facility that is capable of handling six lanes of traffic in the future. The replacement bridge structure will be striped for two lanes of traffic and wide shoulders. The inside lane will be 12 feet wide and the inside shoulder will be 6 feet wide. The outside lane will be 14 feet wide and the outside shoulder will be 8 feet wide. Each bridge will also have a 10 foot wide multi-use path for use by pedestrians and recreational cyclists. The proposed bridge will be designed to provide minimum 45 feet vertical clearance above mean high water and 225 feet minimum horizontal clearance at center navigation channel span. This project also includes upgrades to the intersections of East Stratford Street and Vista Circle (the termini for the project), as well as aesthetic upgrades within the project limits.
McLean Construction, Inc. began the project June 2, 2014.
As a reminder, the sidewalk on westbound Shore Drive is closed to pedestrians and cyclists between Page Avenue and East Stratford Street. If pedestrians need to cross the bridge, they will need to cross the eastbound bridge where a temporary 4-foot wide pedestrian/cyclist access has been provided.
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY!
The pre-casting of the concrete bridge segments will begin this November and crews hope to place the first bridge segment into the new bridge in March 2015. Immediately after this is completed, the building of the segmented superstructure for the north span will begin.
Construction of the westbound bridge lanes (north span) should be completed by November 2015, and construction of the eastbound bridge and lanes (south span) will begin in April 2016 and is scheduled for completion in May 2017.
Demolition of the current bridges will take place beginning in November 2015 and continue into March 2016.
Additional information is available on the Lesner Bridge Project Detail Sheet