Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Oct. 20, 2011
I-95 LABURNUM BRIDGE REPLACEMENT THIS WEEKEND
Expect major traffic delays; use alternate route
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The first of 11 aging bridges along I-95 in Richmond will be replaced this weekend as part of the I-95 Bridge Restorations project. From 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday, I-95 will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction in order to replace the southbound sections of the Laburnum Avenue bridge at mile marker 79. Drivers should expect major delays along I-95 through downtown Richmond and on I-64 east at the Bryan Park interchange.
VDOT strongly encourages weekend travelers to use one of the following alternate routes to bypass the construction.
From I-95 south (Henrico): Access I-295 at exit 84 to reach I-64 east/west or areas south of Richmond; through travelers can use I-295 south to bypass Richmond and re-enter I-95 south at exit 46 in Prince George County.
From I-95 north (Prince George): Access I-295 at exit 46 to reach I-64 east/west or areas north of Richmond; through travelers can use I-295 north to bypass Richmond and re-enter I-95 north at exit 84 in Henrico County.
From I-64 east (Goochland/Henrico): There are three alternate routes:
- Access Route 288 south at exit 175 in Goochland to reach Chesterfield County locations and to re-enter I-95 at exit 62
- Access I-295 at exit 177 to reach I-95 north or I-64 east of Richmond
- Access I-195 south at exit 186 in Richmond to reach downtown destinations, Route 76/Powhite Parkway Extension (toll) through Chesterfield County or the Downtown Expressway (toll). NOTE: The Richmond Metropolitan Authority will have the ramp from the Downtown Expressway east to I-95 north closed this weekend for maintenance.
From I-64 west (Henrico): Access I-295 at exit 200 to reach I-95 north/south or I-64 west of Richmond.
The following four traffic cameras are available to view traffic conditions during the Laburnum Avenue bridge replacement
- North of the Laburnum bridge – I-95 at Bellevue Avenue (near exit 80) or I-95 at the Route 301/Chamberlayne Avenue interchange (exit 82)
- South of the Laburnum bridge – I-95 just north of Westwood Avenue (near exit 78) or I-95 at Boulevard (exit 78)
During the southbound bridge replacement, I-95 south traffic will merge onto the northbound bridge. Both I-95 north and south traffic will use the northbound bridge to maneuver around the construction. A crane will remove the existing bridge deck and beams (superstructure) and set three pre-cast bridge sections in its place—one for each travel lane. Workers will then secure the new structure to the previously-restored bridge substructure. “By replacing each bridge superstructure with pre-cast sections, we can reduce the amount of time it takes to construct a new bridge, thus lessening the delays to motorists,” said Scott Fisher, project manager.
The I-95 north bridge at Laburnum Avenue is scheduled to be replaced the following weekend—from 8 p.m. October 28 through 6 a.m. October 31. I-95 traffic will, again, be reduced to one travel lane in each direction. Northbound drivers will merge onto the southbound bridge to maneuver around the construction. Should there be a delay in the Laburnum bridge replacement schedule, any remaining work will be completed the weekend of November 4.
Construction for the $106 million bridge safety improvement project began in September 2010 with restoration work to the piers and abutments for each bridge. After the Laburnum Avenue Bridge is replaced, the bridge over Westwood Avenue will be reconstructed in the same manner. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2014.
For more information about the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project or to sign up for project updates, visit http://www.i95bridges.org. Anyone with questions about the project can call VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
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