Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
May 16, 2012
I-95 BRIDGE WORK ZONE INCIDENT LAST NIGHT INVOLVING CONSTRUCTION CRANE AND POWER LINES
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — At 9:15 p.m. yesterday, a sub contractor for the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project was positioning a truck-mounted crane on I-95 south in preparation for bridge replacement activities at the I-95 southbound bridge over Westwood Avenue in Richmond. Traffic on I-95 north and south was down to one lane in each direction between Lombardy Street (mile marker 77) and Laburnum Avenue (mile marker 79). When the driver was transporting the crane into position, the crane’s cable came in contact with the overhead power lines just north of the Westwood Avenue bridge. There were no injuries.
As a precaution, Virginia State Police immediately stopped traffic on I-95 north and south until the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) could verify that power lines were not compromised or at risk of falling into the travel lanes. By 9:45 p.m., traffic resumed to one lane in each direction while utility crews made temporary repairs to the power line.
“Fortunately, the crane was in transport rather than operational when it came into contact with the power lines,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “Injuries or not, we take every work zone incident seriously and will be investigating as a result.”
Tonight, the contractor will continue with bridge replacement preparation work on the I-95 south bridge over Westwood Avenue from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m., weather permitting. In addition, utility crews are expected to make permanent repairs to the power lines. I-95 drivers can expect one travel lane in each direction at mile marker 78 (Boulevard). Use I-295, Route 288 or the Downtown Expressway (toll)/I-195 as an alternate.
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