October 31, 2014
Happy Halloween! Our news
update for the bridge project is in NO WAY as frightful as the candy-craving
minions who will be roaming the streets of Virginia Beach this evening!
installation of the conduits beneath Shore Drive and East Stratford Street has
been completed. For these next two weeks there are no scheduled daytime
lane closures within the Lesner Bridge project limits.
Beginning on Monday, November 3, the Hampton
Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will begin their work on the existing sanitary
sewer forcemain in WB Shore Drive. HRSD will mobilize two
construction crews; one located at Shore
Drive/Rockbridge Road and one at Shore
Drive/Kleen Street. They will begin work on the active forcemain in
order to remove from service the portion of this forcemain that crosses the
existing westbound Lesner Bridge.
first week of HRSD’s work will involve setting up their traffic control. None
of this work will require long term lane closures on Shore Drive. There will likely be daytime lane closures
the week of November 3, as they setup the temporary barrier
service on westbound Shore Drive at
Kleen Street and build the temporary lane shift at Rockbridge
actual work to excavate, cut and cap the forcemain will take place the week of November 10th through Saturday
November 15. Restoration work of the roadway and work areas will
take place the week of November 17. All
work, including equipment demobilization and removal of the temporary traffic
control, should be completed by November
for the latest bridge construction progress:
the new bridge abutment “A” continues on the west side of the Lynnhaven Inlet.
The first concrete pour on the new bridge abutment took place on Wednesday,
October 29th. Placement of the reinforcing steel and formwork
for the second tier of the abutment will take place the week of November 3rd.
All of the
drilled shafts at Piers 1 and 2 have been installed. Over the next two
weeks the Contractor will mobilize equipment to Pier #3, the first in-water
pier to be constructed on this project. Also within the next two weeks
the Contractor will begin preparing the excavation at Pier #1 for the formwork
of the concrete cap.
temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven
Dredge Material Storage Site (LDMSS) continues. The tie-back
system on the new bulkhead is nearly complete. Construction of the
tie-back and waler system on the temporary bulkhead will be completed by
Wednesday, November 5. Placement of
the formwork and steel reinforcing for the concrete cap on the bulkhead will
also continue through November 5.
drain installation for the new westbound bridge approach located on the east
side of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment
continues. On the west side of the bridge - in front of 3556 On the Bay
Condominiums - the subgrade has been prepared for the foundation of the new
retaining wall. Between November 5
and November 7 the Contractor will begin to form and place the concrete
footing support for the new retaining wall. Delivery of the first concrete
panels for the new wall is expected Friday,
the east side of the bridge drainage work also continues. The new storm
drainage structures are being placed along Cape Henry Drive in front of Bubba’s
and the Lesner Inn. The temporary steel sheeting installed at the corner
of Shore Drive and Vista Circle will be removed between November 5 and November 7. After
this is removed, work will begin to install 36-inch stormwater pipe from the
structure to the existing 36-inch pipe located on the south side of Cape Henry
some point during this construction Cape Henry Drive will be reduced to one
lane and the Contractor will have to provide a flagger to control traffic on
this road until the new pipe can be installed. Once we have a better idea
of schedule for this work, we will issue another project updated with specific
dates and estimated duration of the work.
unrelated to the bridge construction but contributing to the amount of
construction work now taking place within the Lynnhaven Inlet and along Cape
Henry Drive, is the Dominion Virginia
Power (DVP) transmission line rehab work. This is just an FYI to all of
you who are curious as to what is going on with the old transmission lines and
is replacing a number of wooden poles and structures along Cape Henry Drive and
along the south side of Shore Drive near the Lynnhaven Boat Ramps with
galvanized steel monopoles. They will also be installing two new
transmission line towers to replace the two aging towers that are currently
located in the Lynnhaven Inlet. The new tower on the east side of the inlet (by
the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Association) will be installed approximately
210 feet east of the current tower location. The new tower on the west side of
the inlet (Lynnhaven Boat Ramp) will be installed approximately 25 feet west of
the current tower location. This will result in a new tower spacing of 810
feet that is significantly greater than the current 575 foot spacing.
That's it for now...That's it for now...