Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Oct. 7, 2013
EXPECT MAJOR DELAYS ON I-95 THROUGH RICHMOND
Bridge work to impact morning commutes; use alternate route
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Weekend bridge work on I-95 at the Lombardy Street bridge (mile marker 77) will extend into morning rush hour today to allow additional time for concrete between new bridge sections to harden. Two travel lanes will remain open on I-95 south and one travel lane will be open on I-95 north. Major delays are expected. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) strongly advises drivers to use alternate routes to reduce travel delays.
“The final bridge section took longer to install this morning than anticipated,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “The contractor was at a point where they had to finish what they started to prevent from using temporary steel plates to span the new bridge sections. With a storm expected to impact the region later today, any heavy rain would likely erode the asphalt wedge around the steel plates, creating a safety hazard for drivers.”
Crews began replacing the final 10 Lombardy Street bridge sections over the CSX Railroad last Friday night. Work continued throughout the weekend and traffic was reduced to one travel lane in both directions. All travel lanes were to reopen by 6 a.m. today. “We have yet to determine the amount the contractor will be penalized for remaining in the road through rush hour,” said Fisher.
The I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project is currently on budget and ahead of schedule. The Lombardy Street bridge is the ninth of 11 bridges to be replaced. The two bridges over Upham Brook in Henrico County remain. The $106 million project is expected to be completed by June 2014.
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