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.
June 19, 2015 Update
“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it” – Russell Baker
The heat is on – and not just the temperature. With lost work days during this past winter McLean Contracting is re-sequencing work, adding more resources to the project (can we fit any more cranes in the Lynnhaven?), and working weekends to make up for the lost days on the schedule. Their efforts to make up the lost time are certainly having a positive impact on the construction of the new westbound Lesner Bridge.
Temporary Trestle, Support Barges, and Cranes Working Concurrently on piers 3, 5, and 7.
As the segment launcher (gantry crane) comes together between piers 1 and 2 of the new westbound bridge, the casting yard is preparing the completed bridge segments for shipment. A total of 49 of the 177 bridge segments have been cast and is enough to complete 3 of the 10 spans in the westbound bridge. The first bridge segment to be placed will be the expansion joint segment. This segment will be installed on Abutment “A” near 3556 On the Bay condominiums and will likely take place the first week of August 2015.
Remember to check out the Lesner Bridge Construction Sequence Animation
Pre-Cast Concrete Segments for the New Lesner Bridge stored at Altlantic Metrocast in Portsmouth, VA.
While the segment launcher is being assembled, crews will be busy placing the reinforcing steel for the concrete cap in Pier 3 which is expected to be poured this week. Additionally, drilling crews have completed installing all of the drilled shafts for Piers 4 and 5 and are on track to complete the shafts for Pier 7 later this week before moving on to Pier 6. At the same time, a separate foundation crew has begun driving the steel pile foundation for Abutment B of the new westbound Lesner Bridge (next to the Point Chesapeake property).
Placement of Reinforcing Steel for the Concrete Cap at Pier 3.
Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:
- Mobilize the utility barges and drilling equipment to Pier #6;
- Complete pile installation at Abutment B;
- Complete assembly of the second gantry crane at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site;
- Continue casting segments for bridge span #4;
That’s it for now. Keep Cool and Drive Safely!
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 began November 2014 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
Select Lesner Bridge Replacement Project Archive
to view past updates for this project.