Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
Feb. 14, 2014
I-95 BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS BEGIN NEXT WEEK IN HENRICO COUNTY
VDOT replacing final bridges
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Starting next week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and contractors will begin replacement of the Interstate 95 northbound and southbound bridges over Upham Brook (mile marker 82) in Henrico County, weather permitting. These three span bridges are the final two of 11 bridges to be replaced as part of the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project. VDOT completed the replacement of the project’s largest structure, the 12-span Lombardy Street bridge in Richmond, last November. The project is currently ahead of schedule with completion expected in June 2014. While major bridge replacement activities are complete at the Lombardy bridge, lane closures may continue to intermittently impact traffic between Belvidere Street (mile marker 76) and Boulevard (mile marker 78) for miscellaneous work.
“Our major work is shifting from Richmond to Henrico County and that will change the way traffic is impacted,” said project manager, Scott Fisher. “Since this work is north of the Bryan Park interchange, southbound I-95 drivers that previously used I-195 to avoid the Richmond bridge work will now need to alter their route to avoid delays.” The Upham Brook bridges work will affect I-95 traffic between Route 1/Brook Road (mile marker 81) and Parham Road (mile marker 83).
Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., drivers can expect delays along I-95 in both directions when traffic is reduced to one travel lane between Brook Road and Parham Road. On weekdays, one travel lane will be closed in each direction from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, the Chamberlayne Road (Route 301) bridge over I-95 will be closed to traffic on occasion overnight in order to accommodate the crane used for bridge replacements. A detour will be available. VDOT will notify drivers about these lane and bridge closures via highway message boards, 511, announcements to the local media and project information subscription list, and social media.
VDOT strongly encourages I-95 and I-64 travelers through Henrico County use one of the following alternate routes to reduce delays.
From I-95 south (Hanover/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 take exit 83B (Parham Road westbound – Route 73) to Brook Road/Route 1 south and back on I-95 south at exit 81.
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. Local traffic can take exit 81 to Brook Road/Route 1 north, then right on Parham Road eastbound (Route 73) to reach I-95.
From I-64 east (Goochland/Henrico): Access I-295 at exit 177 to reach I-95 north.
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. 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
- Bridge over Boulevard exit ramp
- Hermitage Road
- Westwood Avenue
- Overbrook Road
- Sherwood Avenue
- Robin Hood Road
- Lombardy Street
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).
Live traffic camera feeds and real-time listings of road conditions and closures in Virginia are available on VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. Traffic information is also available by calling 511 or following the central Virginia 511 feed on Twitter @511centralVA; regional project and travel information @VaDOTRVA.
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