Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Feb. 14, 2013
VDOT EXPECTS 2013 I-95 BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS TO BE MORE COMPLEX
Overbrook Road bridge work planned for two weekends in March
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) met with Richmond area officials today to discuss the contractor’s plans to replace many of the remaining bridges this year as part of the Interstate 95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project. The agency anticipates some replacements to take place over select weekends rather than weeknights due to the unique characteristics of certain bridges. In fact, preparations are underway to replace the I-95 bridge over Overbrook Road during the first two weekends in March, weather permitting. Drivers can expect traffic to one lane in each direction continuously during the replacements.
The contractor plans to replace the southbound bridge over Overbrook Road from 8 p.m. Friday, March 1 through 6 a.m. Monday, March 4. The northbound bridge will be replaced from 8 p.m. Friday, March 8 through 6 a.m. Monday, March 11. I-95 drivers can expect one lane of traffic northbound and southbound between Belvidere Street (mile marker 76) and Boulevard (mile marker 78). Major delays are anticipated each weekend. VDOT strongly encourages drivers to avoid the area and use alternate routes such as I-295, the Downtown Expressway (toll) to I-195, Route 288 and Route 1.
“Work on the Overbrook Road bridge is somewhat more complicated than the other bridges because the structure has power lines that are directly overhead,” said project manager, Scott Fisher. “This creates crane positioning challenges that are best resolved by doing the replacements over two 58-hour weekends rather than multiple 10-hour weeknights.”
Due to the height of the power lines, the crane’s gantry will be dis-assembled Friday night, the crane will be moved into place between the power lines, and then the gantry will be re-assembled. Crews will remove and install bridge units Saturday and Sunday, then dis-assemble the crane’s gantry early Monday and move equipment out of the work zone in time for the morning commute.
“After Overbrook is finished, the next bridge that we expect may pose some unique challenges is Lombardy Street,” said Fisher. “It’s the largest of the 11 bridges with power lines that run overhead, it spans a road and railroad, and the superstructure is deteriorating.” The 12-span I-95 bridge over Lombardy Street has 88 bridge sections to be replaced. Many of the other bridges had one to four spans each. Work on the Lombardy Street bridge is expected to begin this spring and continue through 2013. The schedule is to be determined, but may include some weekend work as needed. VDOT will notify the news media and drivers about lane closures well before the work takes place.
The project has restored I-95 bridges that span the following roads in the city of Richmond:
- Robin Hood Road (southbound)
- Sherwood Avenue (southbound)
- Hermitage Road
- Bridge over the Boulevard exit ramp
- Westwood Avenue
- Laburnum Avenue
The I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project is currently on time and on budget. The bridge replacements are anticipated to be completed in June 2014.
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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