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.​

November 27, 2018

Folks,

​​​​We are at a point where the last of the surface pavement is ready to be placed on the project.  Beginning at on Tuesday, 11/27/2018 paving work will take place on WB Shore Drive between Page Avenue and East Stratford Road and is expected to be completed by 11/29/18.  Since nighttime temperatures are expected to be below 40°F, this work will take place during the day between the hours of 9:00AM and 3:00PM.  The paving schedule is as follows:​

      • ​​​​11/27/2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM : WB Shore Drive between the Bridge and East Stratford Road (in front of 3556 On The Bay Condominiums)
        Pave the LEFT TURN lane and the INSIDE thru lane on Shore Drive 
      • 11/28/2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: WB Shore Drive between the Bridge and East Stratford Road (in front of 3556 On The Bay Condominiums)
        Complete paving of the INSIDE thru land on Shore Drive then pave the OUTSIDE thru lane on Shore Drive and East Stratford Road (between Chesapeake House and 3556 On The Bay Condominiums)
        WB Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Bridge (in front of Overture Apartments)  
        ​Pave the INSIDE thru lane
      • 11/29/2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: WB Shore Drive between the Bridge and East Stratford Road (in front of 3556 On The Bay Condominiums)
        Place permanent pavement markings
        WB Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Bridge (in front of Overture Apartments)
        Pave the OUTSIDE thru lane​ 
      • 11/30/2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: WB Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Bridge (in front of Overture Apartments)
        Place permanent pavement markings 
This schedule may change due to weather.

Please drive carefully when travelling this portion of Shore Drive!​ 

-Chris

October 30, 2018

Folks:

As many of you have noticed, the electrical subcontractor for the project is testing the new aesthetic lighting on the bridge.  A few emails regarding the lighting has prompted us to send out this notice​.  The current lighting scheme of the bridge is only TEMPORARY.  We are currently testing the lighting controllers and aesthetic lighting fixtures of the new bridges to verify that the lighting systems will function as planned once the programming is complete.  There are a number of color schemes that can be used to light this bridge, but the one that we are planning to use once testing is complete is a consistent LIGHT BLUE for both the bridge column lighting and necklace lighting (the “points” of light running along the edge of each bridge).  We will be working on the programming this Thursday at 1:00 PM and will likely set color scheme for both bridges at that time.


​Lesner Bridge Lighting, October 29, 2018 (Photo Courtesy of B. Baker) ​​

Thank you to all of you who have sent us the kind words regarding Virginia Beach’s newest bridges!

Sincerely,
-Chris

​​​October 25, Update

Folks:  
 
As with every project where there are many players, schedules change – this one is NO EXCEPTION.  Some of the paving work that was supposed to have been completed; therefore, our paving schedule for has changed a bit.

Here are the details:

Beginning this morning, 10/25/2018 at approximately 9:00 AM and ending at approximately 12:30 PM, the final course of pavement will be placed on Vista Circle between Shore Drive and Cape Henry Drive, as well as Cape Henry Drive from Vista Circle to the entrance to Bubba’s Restaurant.  This work will require intermittent street closures of both Vista Circle and Cape Henry Drive, so please plan accordingly.

Paving crews will move to the west side of the bridge (East Stratford Road) immediately after paving is completed on Cape Henry Drive.

Paving work on East Stratford Road and Piedmont Circle will begin  Thursday 10/25/2018 at approximately 1:00PM.  Therefore, beginning at approximately 1:00 PM and ending some time near 10:00 PM on 10/25/2018 expect East Stratford Road to be CLOSED between Piedmont Circle and Shore Drive and Piedmont Circle to be CLOSED between East Stratford Road and the showers at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp while paving operations are underway.  Paving crews will also attempt to pave the RIGHT TURN lane on eastbound Shore Drive at East Stratford Road (the one in front of J&A Racing) during this same time period.

Finally, on Friday 10/26/2018, expect single lane closures on both eastbound and westbound Shore Drive between Vista Circle and East Stratford Road between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  On eastbound Shore Drive crews will be placing the permanent pavement markings on the asphalt pavement between East Stratford Road and Vista Circle.  On westbound Shore Drive crews will be working on sidewalk and utility work along the north side of Shore Drive.

We will continue to provide updates on anticipated lane/street closures as we near the final stages of this work.

PLEASE Drive Carefully through this work zone as we complete this work.

Sincerely, 

-Chris​

October 24, Update

Folks:

Hopefully everyone has been enjoying the new eastbound Lesner Bridge since its opening on Labor Day weekend.  First of all, I want to apologize to all of you who live in Ocean Park that endured the noise from road work on East Stratford Road in the early morning hours of Monday 10/22 and Tuesday 10/23.   Several lines of communication within the project team were broken and resulted in not just one night of disturbance, but two.  For that we sincerely apologize to everyone affected.

We scheduled this night time work on East Stratford Road to minimize the disruption of operations of the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp and American Brew.  However, in order to minimize the night time noise created by this milling and paving work, we are going to complete the paving work on East Stratford Road and Piedmont Circle during the day on Thursday 10/25/2018.  Therefore, beginning at approximately 9:00 AM and ending some time near 6:00 PM on 10/25/2018 expect East Stratford Road to be CLOSED between Piedmont Circle and Shore Drive and Piedmont Circle to be CLOSED between East Stratford Road and the showers at Lynnhaven Boat Ramp while paving operations are underway.

Piedmont Circle Closure at Lynnhaven Boat Rampsfor October 25, 2018

Piedmont Circle Closure at East Stratford Road for October 25, 2018

East Stratford Road Closure for October 25, 2018 

​Another update will be sent out once we have a firm schedule for the upcoming paving work for westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and East Stratford Road.

Thank you all again for your patience as we push through the final stages of this multi-year project.

Sincerely,
-Chris

October 9, 2018 Update

View the City Council Briefing given October 2, 2018 for information on the Lesner Bridge Replacement Project.

​​​​​​​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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