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.
August 13, 2015 Update
“When are they going to install the first bridge segment?” That is the million dollar question that many are asking now that the assembly of the launching gantry is complete. The answer is . . . . sometime the week of August 17th. The gantry is currently being load tested and certified for lifting the bridge segments and should be ready to pick the first bridge segment next week.
All of the bridge segments for the first span have been delivered to the project site and are being stored in the laydown yard behind the Lynnhaven Boat Ramps. You can see some of them from the Construction Camera. They are located on the extreme right of the frame beneath the unloader gantry crane and behind the field offices. McLean will transport these segments from the laydown yard to the beach beneath the launching gantry once load testing and certification is complete. From the Construction Sequence Animation you will see that McLean will first set the segment on the bridge abutment and then set the two pier segments at Pier #1.
Once these segments are anchored in place, the launching gantry will lift all the remaining segments for the span into position. One by one, each segment face will get a coating of epoxy and then be pulled together using temporary post-tensioning bars. The span will be complete once all of the permanent post tensioning tendons (10 total; six 27-strand and four 19-strand) for span one of the bridge are installed, post-tensioned, and grouted. The launching gantry will then move to span 2. You can see how this equipment will be used in the Lesner Bridge Construction Sequence Animation
19-Strand Grouted Tendon Cross Section
Foundation work continues ahead of the launching gantry and segment installation preparation. Reinforcing steel is currently being placed for the footing at Pier 4 in preparation for concrete placement this Friday August 14th. The seal slab for Pier #5 has been poured and is currently curing. All of the drilled shaft foundations for Piers 6 and 7 have been installed. Drilled shaft installation at Pier 8 continues this week and is expected to be completed by August 20th.
The first of three concrete pours at Abutment B (next to the former Duck Inn property) took place on August 3rd. The second concrete placement at Abutment B will take place this Friday, August 14th. The contractor has also completed the installation of the top coping along the entire length of the MSE retaining wall next to 3556 On The Bay condominiums, and has also begun applying the bridge coating material on the MSE wall panels.
Reinforcing Steel Being Placed in the Footing at Pier 4
For those of you who are curious about what the handrail on the new bridge will look like, a full scale mock-up of a typical rail panel was fabricated and assembled in the laydown area (see photo below). This railing is a custom rail fabricated out of aluminum and is powder coated blue. The rail is 42-inches high and will be installed across the new bridge and on top of the MSE retaining walls.
Pedestrian Handrail Mock-up
AMI, Inc. in Portsmouth, continues to build the new bridge segments. A total of 64 of the 177 bridge segments have been cast and is enough to complete 4 of the 10 spans in the westbound bridge.
Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:
- Begin placing bridge segments in span 1 of 10
- Install the column for Pier #4
- Mobilize the seal slab for Pier #5
- Complete the drilled foundation work at Pier #8
- Begin drilling the foundations for the last bridge pier, Pier #9
- Complete construction of Abutment B
- Complete the coating of MSE wall #1
Now get ready to see the launching gantry lift some bridge segments . . . it really IS something!
Keep watching 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.