Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Sept. 9, 2013
EXPECT I-95 DELAYS AT LOMBARDY STREET BRIDGE OVER THE NEXT THREE WEEKENDS
Complex bridge work requires weekend lane closures to ensure drivers’ safety
View of the I-95 Lombardy Street bridge sections to be replaced
over the CSX Railroad.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Starting Friday night, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin replacement of the most challenging bridge sections for the Interstate 95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project. To ensure drivers’ safety, these replacements will take place over the next three weekends and require I-95 traffic to merge to one lane in each direction at Lombardy Street (mile marker 77) from 8 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. Due to expected traffic delays, I-95 travelers are strongly encouraged to use I-295 or other alternate routes.
The 20 Lombardy Street bridge sections to be replaced are on a curve and span a busy CSX Railroad line—factors that led to VDOT’s decision to perform this work over three 58-hour weekends versus twenty-five 10-hour weeknights. Weeknight bridge replacements typically require the use of temporary steel plates to span the 2 ½ foot gap between bridge sections. Traffic continues to use the interstate until crews return the following night to fill in the gaps with concrete. Performing the replacements over weekends allows crews time to complete bridge spans without the need for temporary steel plates.
“We’re replacing this area of the bridge over multiple weekends to eliminate the need to place temporary steel plates at an odd angle across travel lanes,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “Our concern is how those plates would react with traffic running over them at this angle. It’s not worth risking drivers’ safety.”
Drivers can expect major delays along I-95 in Richmond between the I-64 east interchange (mile marker 75) and the Bryan Park/I-64 west interchange (mile marker 79). Additional delays are expected for travelers entering Richmond along I-64 west at the Shockoe Valley Bridge (mile marker 190) and I-64 east at the Bryan Park interchange (mile marker 186). I-95 traffic will merge to one travel lane in each direction the following weekends:
- 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 through 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16
- 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 through 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23
- 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 through 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30
“The third weekend will be the most challenging because there are several bridge units to replace that span over both the northbound and southbound lanes,” said Fisher. “Traffic will be shifted multiple times throughout the weekend as crews replace bridge sections along the median.”
VDOT strongly encourages I-95 and I-64 travelers through Richmond use one of the following alternate routes to reduce delays:
From I-95 south (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 also take exit 82 (Chamberlayne Avenue/Route 1/301 south) to reach Richmond destinations.
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.
From I-64 east (Goochland/Henrico): There are three alternate routes:
- Access Route 288 south at exit 175 in Goochland to reach Chesterfield County locations and to re-enter I-95 at exit 62
- Access I-295 at exit 177 to reach I-95 north or I-64 east of Richmond
- Access I-195 south at exit 186 in Richmond to reach downtown destinations, Route 76/Powhite Parkway Extension (toll) through Chesterfield County or the Downtown Expressway (toll).
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.
To keep traffic moving, VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol will operate around the clock on I-95 in the vicinity of the work zone during the weekend bridge replacements. In addition, electronic message signs will display estimated travel times through the work zone and recommend Richmond through travelers use I-295.
The 12-span Lombardy Street bridge is the largest and most complex of the 11 bridges for the project. The contractor, Archer-Western, has replaced 68 of 88 bridge sections since May. The I-95 bridges over Upham Brook in Henrico County remain after the Lombardy Street bridge is completed. The project is currently on schedule for completion in June 2014. The following eight bridges have been replaced:
- Laburnum Avenue
- Bridge over Boulevard exit ramp
- Hermitage Road
- Westwood Avenue
- Overbrook Road
- Sherwood Avenue
- Robin Hood Road
For more information about the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project or to sign up for project updates. Anyone with questions about the project can call VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
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