Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
March 7, 2012
I-95 LABURNUM BRIDGE REPLACEMENT NEXT WEEK
Expect overnight delays
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The second span of the I-95 south bridge over Laburnum Avenue will be replaced overnight next week as part of the I-95 Bridge Restorations project.
From 8 p.m. Monday, March 12 through 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, I-95 will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction at the Laburnum Avenue bridge (mile marker 79) as crews replace the first of three southbound bridge sections over Laburnum Avenue. Each of the two remaining sections will be replaced Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. All bridge replacements will take place between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting. Drivers should expect major delays along I-95 through Richmond.
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. I-95 south drivers will be restricted from accessing the Boulevard exit (mile marker 78) during the bridge replacements.
VDOT strongly encourages drivers 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).
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
- South of the Laburnum bridge – I-95 just north of Westwood Avenue (near exit 78) or I-95 at Boulevard (exit 78) or I-95 north of Lombardy Street (mile marker 77)
A crane will remove the existing bridge deck and beams and set three pre-cast bridge sections in its place each night—one for each travel lane. Workers will then secure the new structure to the previously-restored bridge substructure.
“The contractor has spent the last few weeks preparing the Laburnum bridge sections for removal, including taking out the problematic steel expansion dam they encountered during the October 2011 replacement,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “This preemptive work should result in a more efficient operation each night.”
The first span of the I-95 south bridge over Laburnum Avenue bridge was replaced in October/November 2011. Once the second span is replaced next week, the contractor plans to replace the northbound bridge over Laburnum Avenue later this month.
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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