Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Sept. 27, 2012
I-95 NORTHBOUND BRIDGE REPLACEMENT OVER WESTWOOD AVENUE TO BEGIN TONIGHT
Expect weeknight delays near mile marker 78
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Crews will begin replacement of the Interstate 95 northbound bridge over Westwood Avenue tonight, weather permitting. Once complete, the Westwood Avenue bridge will be the fifth of 11 bridges to be replaced as part of the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project.
Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through next week, I-95 will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction between the Lombardy Street bridge (mile marker 77) and Laburnum Avenue (mile marker 79). In addition, the ramp from I-95 south to Boulevard and Westwood Avenue will be closed. From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., the ramp from Boulevard to I-95 north will be closed. Drivers are advised to follow the posted detour routes. Expect major delays.
Just south of the bridge over Westwood Avenue, I-95 north traffic will merge onto the southbound bridge. Both I-95 north and south traffic will use the southbound bridge to maneuver around the construction. VDOT strongly encourages I-95 and I-64 travelers through Richmond 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. Local traffic can also take exit 82 (Chamberlayne Avenue/Route 1/301 south) to reach Richmond destinations.
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).
From I-64 west (Henrico/New Kent): Access I-295 north at exit 200 to reach I-95 or to continue on to I-64 west of Richmond.
Each night, two cranes will remove the existing bridge deck and beams and set pre-cast bridge sections in its place. The Westwood Avenue bridge requires the placement of three pre-cast bridge units. Workers will then secure the new structure to the previously-restored bridge substructure.
The following bridges have been replaced as part of the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project:
- Laburnum Avenue, southbound & northbound
- Westwood Avenue, southbound
- Bridge over Boulevard exit ramp, southbound & northbound
- Boulevard, southbound & northbound
- Hermitage Road, southbound & northbound
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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