Lesner Bridge Replacement

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Rendering of the Completed Lesner Bridge Structure

Construction Cam​​era

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

June 8, 2018 Update:

Since the last update in March, McLean has completed construction of the EB bridge substructure, including Pier columns 8 and 9.  They have also completed spans 5, 6, and 7 of the bridge superstructure and are currently working on span 8 (of 10).  The new bridge fender system, including the navigational lighting has also been completed.  

At the bridge approaches on both sides of the bridge, sidewalks have been placed, curb and gutter has been installed, painting of the retaining walls has been completed, and installation of the permanent handrailing is nearly complete.  Base and intermediate asphalt pavement have been placed on the western bridge approach at East Stratford Road,and the subgrade on the east side of the bridge is being prepared for upcoming paving work near Vista Circle.







​Multi-use Path Lighting of the new Eastbound Lesner Bridge








Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:
        • ​​​ Complete Span #8 of the eastbound bridge and launch the gantry to Span #9;​ 
        • Pave the eastern bridge approach and the intersection of Shore Drive and Vista Circle; 
        • Install falsework for the gantry launch at Pier #9; 
        • Install the expansion joint at Abutment A (near Lynnhaven Boat Ramps); and ​
        • Continue to install bridge lighting systems. 


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View Looking West at completed Span #7 (right) of the new Eastbound Lesner Bridge





That's it in a nutshell!

Please drive safely!​

Thank You,​

-Chris

​​​​​​History

​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 recrea​tional 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.






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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