Lesner Bridge Replacement

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.​

March 23, 2018 ​Reminder:

Lane closures on Eastbound (EB) Shore Drive between Dinwiddie Road and East Stratford Street will be setup the EVENINGS of March 26 and March 27, 2018, ending in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 28, 2018.See details in the March 9, 2018 Update below.

IN ADDITION, ​​DAYTIME Lane closures on WB SHORE DRIVE AT PAGE AVENUE will also take place on March 26th, 2018.  The RIGHT lane of WB Shore Drive will be closed at Page Avenue beginning at 9:00 AM on March 26th to allow the contractor to install the new traffic signal heads on the new mast arm.  At some point during the day, the RIGHT lane will be re-opened and the lane closure moved to the LEFT lane to complete signal head installation.  All daytime lane closures will be removed by 3:00 PM on March 26th.  If additional work is needed to complete installation of the signal heads on this mast arm, the contractor will finish their work on Tuesday, March 27th utilizing a LEFT lane closure beginning at 9:00 AM on March 27th and ending some time before 3:00 PM that day.


WB Shore Drive Lane Closure at Page Avenue for March 26​ thru March 27th 2018

Please Drive Carefully As You Travel Through This Construction Zone!

​​March 9, 2018 Update  ​


Since the last update, Pier #5 has been completed and work on the bridge superstructure has resumed.  While this bridge work continues, a lot of you have noticed that much of the sidewalk, handicap ramps, curb and gutter has been completed on the west side of the bridge (near East Stratford Street).  We are finally at a point in the project that pavement can be placed on this western bridge approach and in the intersection of Shore Drive/East Stratford Street.

This, unfortunately, means lane closures on Eastbound (EB) Shore Drive between Dinwiddie Road and East Stratford Street. 

Eastbound Shore Drive Lane Closure at East Stratford Street for March 26 thru March 27, 2018 

Here are the details:

Paving work is scheduled (weather permitting)  for three nights beginning on Monday, March 26th and ending in the early morning hours of Wedensday, ​March 28th​.  Working hours for each evening will be from 7:00PM to 5:00AM.  Therefore, beginning the evening of Monday, March 26th at approximately 7:00 PM, single lane closures will be setup on EB Shore Drive between Dinwiddie Road and East Stratford Street.   EAST STRATFORD STREET WILL BE CLOSED AT SHORE DRIVE during each of these nights, so plan accordingly.

Only the base and intermediate mixes of asphalt will be placed at this time.  The final riding surface will be placed at a later date.

Progress on the bridge’s superstructure is finally beginning to pick up again.  All of the segments for Piers #5 and #6 have been installed and the gantry is currently being readied to receive the 14 segments of span 6 (delivered by barge). Other work has also been completed since the last update in February 2018:
        • ​​​The footing and column for Pier #5 have been completed; 
        • Both pier segments have been installed on pier column #5 and the gantry launched to EB bridge span #6;​ 
        • ​Both pier segments have been installed on pier column #6;​ 
        • The remaining wood timbers and steel piles for the channel fender system have been installed; 
        • The footing at Pier #8 has been completed and the reinforcing steel and formwork for the column has been installed;​​ 
        • MSE wall #5 located in front of the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Association has been completed; 
        • The 10-foot wide concrete multi-use path along MSE wall #2 between East Stratford and the new EB Bridge has been completed; 
        • Installation of the curb & gutter and median curb on the west side of the bridge between East Stratford Street and the new EB Bridge has been completed; 
        • Grading for the new 10-foot wide multi-use path between the new EB Bridge and East Stratford Street has been completed; and 
        • ​​Dominion Energy has installed the new 3-phase switch and conduit for the new bridge power supply. 


​​​New 3-Phase Switch for Bridge Power Supply.

Completed Footing and Steel Reinforcing Column at Pier #8, New Eastbound Bridge.

​​​Completed Footing and Column at Pier #5 Eastbound Bridge.

View looking East from East Stratford Street at the recently completed 10-foot wide multi-use path that will cross the new Eastbound Bridge.

​Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:
      • ​​​Complete the column at Pier #8; 
      • Set all of the segments in Span #6;  
      • Pave the western bridge approach and the intersection of Shore Drive and East Stratford Street; 
      • Install falsework for the gantry launch at Pier #7; 
      • Place the remaining moment slab along MSE Wall #5 located in front of the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Association; 
      • Begin excavation for the Pier #9 footing (this is the last remaining footing for the EB bridge); and 
      • Begin excavation for the Pier #9 footing (this is the last remaining footing for the EB bridge); and​ 

Segments for Span #6 of the new Eastbound Lesner Bridge Being Delivered to the Project Site.​

That’s it for now!

Please 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. ​

​​​​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.​


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

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