Lindsay LeGrand 804-524-6179
June 24, 2014
MAJOR TRAFFIC IMPACTS END ON I-95 BRIDGE RESTORATIONS PROJECT
Four months ahead of schedule, $16 million saved
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has ended all major traffic impacts on the I-95 Bridge Restorations project and work is nearly complete, more than three months ahead of schedule. The four year project rehabilitated eleven major structures along the I-95 corridor in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. The projected costs are expected to be well under the $106 million budgeted with a savings of nearly $16 million.
Construction for the safety improvement project began in September 2010 with restoration work to the piers and abutments for each of the eleven bridges. During construction, VDOT was able to use advanced technology to replace the bridges quickly and with little impact to drivers. “By replacing each bridge superstructure with pre-cast sections, we were able reduce the amount of time it takes to construct a new bridge, with minimum impacts to traffic,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. Drivers will enjoy extended working lives of up to sixty years for each structure.
“The coordination efforts among the contractor, localities and VDOT have been paramount in keeping this project on schedule,” said District Administrator Tom Hawthorne. “We’re pleased to be able to end major traffic impacts so early.”
Over the past few months, crews have completed final paving, pavement markings and have replaced the last two bridges at Upham Brook in Henrico County. The contractor, Archer Western, will complete landscaping and other minor construction activities through October. This work will have little to no impact on traffic.
The project spanned approximately seven miles along Interstate 95. Approximately 150,000 vehicles travel through the corridor each day.
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