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Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
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RICH-1202

Jan. 25, 2012



I-95 SHEET PILE WORK TO RESUME TONIGHT
I-95 Bridge Restorations Project

COLONIAL HEIGHTS—The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Richmond District has authorized the contractor to resume sheet pile work on the I-95 Bridge Restorations project starting tonight as outlined in their revised safety plan. The additional safety measures were developed following the October 2011 incident at the Sherwood Avenue bridge in Richmond when a section of sheet pile fell across the I-95 south travel lanes.

“We have reviewed Archer Western’s action plan outlining the steps they will take to ensure driver safety during sheet pile operations,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “We are satisfied that these actions will prevent a similar incident from occurring.”

The contractor will have the following in place during sheet pile operations:

  • The right and center travel lanes will be closed on I-95 within the existing contract restrictions for dual lane closures (8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights).
  • The crane used for sheet pile operations will be positioned closer to where the work is performed.
  • The crane operators will attach a secondary restraint device to the sheet pile should the primary restraint fail.

The contractor will be installing and removing sheet pile sections at the Sherwood Avenue and Lombardy Street bridges starting tonight. The right and center lanes will be closed on I-95 south between Lombardy Street (mile marker 77) and Belvidere Street (mile marker 76) from 8 p.m. tonight through 6 a.m. tomorrow. Drivers will merge to one lane. Expect delays.

On October 19, 2011 around 2:50 p.m., crews were installing sheet pile for a temporary retaining structure outside the barrier wall at the Sherwood Avenue bridge along I-95 when one of the 50 foot sections fell across the southbound travel lanes. One motorist struck the sheet pile and was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

For more information about the I-95 Bridge Restorations project, visit http://www.i95bridges.org.

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