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Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel Joint Repair

Newport News

Project at a Glance

Begin Date
March 2012

Est Completion Date
Spring 2013

$3.6 Million

Virginia Paving

Newport News

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Project Details

Crews completed repairs to the concrete slabs leading into the north and south bound tunnels, as well as the needed repairs to the expansion and
contraction joints. On all four open cut sections, crews removed the asphalt and concrete slabs, cleaned and resealed the joints, and repaved and restriped the roadway. This first phase of the project was completed in May 2012, on-time and within budget.

What's Next

At this time, the design efforts are paused while VDOT collects data on the behavior of the structure over time. Concrete will expand and contract as temperatures change through the seasons. Observing the amount of expansion and contraction is key to designing the most effective repair. Monthly surveys will continue into the winter as this is the time crews expect to see the maximum amount of contraction. When the concrete contracts, joints can open and begin to seep. The draft life cycle analysis stated that with the repair method currently in place the repair has the lowest lifecycle cost.

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