Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
Nov. 7, 2012
I-95 RICHMOND BRIDGE RESTORATIONS PROJECT REACHES HALFWAY POINT
I-95 southbound bridge replacement at Robin Hood Road begins tonight
COLONIAL HEIGHTS —The I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project reached its halfway point last night when the final section of the I-95 southbound bridge over Sherwood Avenue was installed. After two years of construction, more than five of the 11 bridges have been replaced. The $106 million bridge safety improvement project is currently on schedule to be completed in fall 2014.
“We’re pleased the construction is moving along as planned,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “Although halfway also means there are 156 bridge sections left to install and up to two more years of lane closures.”
Starting tonight, crews will begin replacement of the I-95 southbound section of the bridge over Robin Hood Road. This portion of the bridge will require the placement of 16 pre-cast bridge units and is expected to take up to three weeks to complete, weather permitting.
Weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., I-95 will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction between Boulevard (mile marker 78) and Belvidere Street (mile marker 76). Expect major delays. In addition, Robin Hood Road under the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., the ramp from Robin Hood Road to I-95 south will be closed. Drivers will use the following detour:
- Robin Hood Road to Brookland Park Boulevard
- Right turn onto Chamberlayne Avenue (Route 1/301) south
- Ramp to I-95 south
Using Accelerated Bridge Construction technology, this project reduces the impact on I-95 travelers by moving the assembly of 234 pre-cast bridge units offsite. When a unit is ready to be installed, the 50-120 ton concrete section is transported by truck to the work site. Two cranes remove the existing bridge deck and beams and set the pre-cast unit in its place. Workers then secure the new structure to the previously-restored bridge substructure. This takes place over a 10 hour period on weeknights. During this time, drivers merge to one lane in each direction. Traffic is returned to its normal configuration by morning rush hour.
“Drivers are our biggest customer,” said Fisher. “This is the fastest way to replace 11 bridges along the east coast’s busiest highway without impacting peak traffic.”
The following bridges have been replaced as part of the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project:
- Laburnum Avenue
- Bridge over Boulevard exit ramp
- Hermitage Road
- Westwood Avenue
- Sherwood Avenue (southbound)
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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