Lesner Bridge Replacement

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Rendering of the Completed Lesner Bridge Structure

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A construction camera​ has been installed to view images of the bridge construction.  Images are updated on the hour.​

December 5, 2016 Update

We know that traffic on Shore Drive in the vicinity of Lesner Bridge has been challenging at times last​ week.  We all appreciate your patience as we continue with the median work in preparation for moving the eastbound Shore Drive traffic onto the new bridge.  Our current traffic move date for this eastbound traffic is December 21, 2016.

LEFT TURN LANE closures and LEFT THRU Lane closures on Shore Drive at Lesner Bridge will continue into next week.  So, in order to help you plan your daily commute, here is what to expect the traffic condition to look like on Shore Drive at Lesner Bridge Beginning TODAY, Monday, December 5th:
  • Monday, December 5th, 2016:  The LEFT THRU lane on eastbound Shore Drive at Vista Circle will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm;
  • Tuesday, December 6th, 2016:  The LEFT TURN lane on eastbound Shore Drive at Vista Circle (to get to Page Avenue) will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM;
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 2016:  The LEFT TURN lane on eastbound Shore Drive at East Stratford Street will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
  • In addition, it is possible that depending on where the actual water line is located, the eastbound LEFT THRU lane on Shore Drive at East Stratford Street may also be CLOSED during this same time period.
  • ​Thursday, December 8th, 2016:  The LEFT THRU lane on eastbound Shore Drive at East Stratford Street will be CLOSED between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.







Phase 4 Pavement Widening on the West Side of the New Lesner Bridge
















Phase 4 Pavement Widening on the East Side of the New Lesner Bridge 









Again, thank you for your patience during this difficult phase of changing traffic patterns.  If all goes as planned, we’ll all be celebrating more than the New Year on January 1st!

Please drive safely!

- Chris

November 29, 2016 Update
To All: 

The first phase of the two-phased traffic switch over to the new westbound Lesner Bridge took place on Friday, November 11th, when we moved the westbound Shore Drive traffic over to the new bridge.  The second phase will involve temporarily moving the eastbound Shore Drive traffic also over to the new westbound bridge.  Once we move all traffic off of both old bridges we will begin the demolition process in preparation for construction of the new eastbound Lesner Bridge.

In order to move the eastbound Shore Drive traffic to the new bridge, we have to widen the pavement on the new bridge approaches and build the pavement transitions at the Shore Drive/East Stratford Street and Shore Drive/Vista Circle intersections.

This work will require single lane closures on eastbound Shore Drive for the next several weeks.  Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, and continuing through this Friday, December 2nd, a single lane closure will be in place on eastbound Shore Drive between Dupont Circle and Lesner Bridge between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

Once this switch is made, traffic will remain in this temporary condition until the new eastbound bridge is built.  The following snapshots from the contract plans show what drivers can expect these temporary traffic lanes to look like at these two intersections:



​Phase 4Temporary Traffic Pattern at Shore Drive and East Stratford Street





​Phase 4 Temporary Traffic Pattern at Shore Drive and Vista Circle





Additional updates will be sent out as this work progresses and we move closer to the switchover date for the eastbound Shore Drive traffic.

Please be patient and drive safely through this active construction zone!​

- Chris

​November 7, 2016 Update​​

To All:

It’s taken us a little over two years to get to this point, but folks that travel over the Lynnhaven Inlet are about to experience what it’s like to drive, bike, run or walk across a pre-cast concrete segmental box girder bridge – the new Westbound Lesner Bridge.  At this point we are anticipating the switching of the existing westbound Shore Drive traffic from the old westbound bridge over to the new westbound bridge sometime between 4 and 6 PM on Sunday, November 6, 2016.  Now, before that switch can take place A LOT of finish work has to take place both on and off the bridge.  Between now and the afternoon of November 6th the following work will take place:
  • Paving of the approaches both at Page Avenue and at East Stratford Street.  This work will occur during the evening of November 3, 2016 and there will likely be lane closures during portions of this paving operation at both of these intersections at Shore Drive.  Please slow down when you approach the bridge during this evening due to this paving work. 
  • Grinding and grooving of the bridge deck.  This work is ongoing and is expected to be completed on Friday November 4th, 2016. 
  • The temporary barrier service and chain-link​ fence screening needs to be completed along the north side of the new bridge between East Stratford Street and Page Avenue.  Since we will eventually move all four lanes of traffic temporarily to the new bridge while the new Eastbound Bridge is built, we are not going to build the 10-wide multi-use path along the north side of the westbound bridge at this time.  We are going to use this space to fit these four lanes of traffic and carve out a 3-4 foot wide temporary pedestrian walkway that we separate from traffic using temporary barrier service and the chain link fence screening.  This work is ongoing and should be completed by the time we are ready to switch the westbound Shore Drive traffic to the new bridge. 
  • Trench drain needs to be installed along the north side of each bridge approach.  This work will resume on Friday, November 4th after the paving is completed.  This drainage system is temporary and will collect stormwater runoff from the bridge approaches when all four lanes of traffic are switched to the new westbound bridge. 
  • The new street lights on the bridge have to be powered up.  9 of the 12 street lights on the new bridge have been installed and the electricians are pulling wire to power these lights in time for the bridge opening on 11/6/2016.  The remaining three lights will be installed during the next phase of the project and after the gantry crane is moved into position to build the eastbound bridge. 
  • Completion of the expansion joints in the parapet walls, barrier walls, and hand railing located at Abutment A on the west side of Lynnhaven Inlet and at Abutment B located on the east side of Lynnhaven Inlet.
  • Temporary pavement marking of the bridge and traffic transition areas.  This work will begin early Sunday morning (11/6) and could continue into early afternoon.  Police officers will be located at the intersections of Shore Drive/Pave Avenue and at Shore Drive/East Stratford Street to help with the traffic control while crews work to eradicate the old markings and place the new ones. 
  • Adjustment of traffic signal heads and detection cameras at .  This work will also begin early on Sunday morning and will continue into early afternoon.  This work will align the traffic signals and traffic detection cameras to the new lane configurations at the intersections of Shore Drive/Pave Avenue and at Shore Drive/East Stratford Street. 
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Expansion Joint Located in the Roadway Section of the new Westbound Lesner Bridge


























Expansion Joint Located at the Pedestrian Path of the new Westbound lesner Bridge











As you can see, workers will be very busy over the next four days preparing the bridge and approaches for this first phase traffic shift.  Last week many of you noticed that we have moved the gantry off the bridge and onto the temporary steel falsework built on the north side of the bridge and on the west side of Lynnhaven Inlet.  The gantry will be stored at this location for approximately the next six months or until we are ready to move the gantry into position for construction of the eastbound bridge.







Temporary Steel Falsework and Gantry Storage area located on the north side of the new Westbound Lesner Bridge and west of Lynnhaven Inlet








Pre-casting of the concrete segments for the eastbound bridge is progressing on schedule.  AMI, Inc. in Portsmouth has cast a total of 57 of the 168 bridge segments for the new eastbound bridge.

Over the next four weeks, the bridge contractor will:
  • Drive soldier piles along the south side of the westbound bridge approaches along the wire wall and fill this are to widen the approaches in preparation for moving the eastbound traffic to the new bridge; 
  • Continue work on the seawall adjacent to the new development located on the former Duck Inn property; 
  • Complete the 16-inch waterline inside the new bridge; 
  • Continue painting bridge superstructure and substructure starting at Span 1; 
  • Install street light pilasters at Abutment A and at Abutment B; 
  • Continue work on the bridge conduit system; 
  • Work in median areas on both sides of the bridge in preparation for transitioning the eastbound Shore Drive traffic to the new westbound bridge. 

Stay tuned and please drive safely!

-Chris

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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. 

Work Description

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!

Additional information is available on the Lesner Bridge Project Detail Sheet​

​​​Select Lesner Bridge Replacement Project Archive​ to view past updates for this project.​​​​​​

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