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July 22, 2013
I-95 NORTHBOUND BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS AT LOMBARDY STREET BEGIN WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Bridge sections over the railroad are the biggest challenge
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Starting July 24, weather permitting, crews will shift their attention to the I-95 northbound bridge over Lombardy Street in Richmond after successfully replacing 32 bridge sections on the southbound side since May. The 12-span Lombardy Street bridge is the largest of 11 bridges for the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project with a total of 88 bridge sections to be replaced.
“By late August, we expect the majority of the I-95 bridge over Lombardy Street to be replaced with the exception of the sections over the railroad,” said Larry Brown, P.E., assistant project manager. “Those replacements will need to be coordinated with CSX ahead of time and may require extended weekend lane closures on I-95 sometime this fall.” VDOT will notify the public about any planned weekend lane closures once a schedule has been determined.
Drivers can expect delays along I-95 when traffic is reduced to one travel lane in each direction between the I-64 east interchange (mile marker 75) and Lombardy Street (mile marker 77) Sunday through Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. On weekdays, one travel lane will be closed in each direction from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Just south of the bridge over Lombardy Street, I-95 north traffic will merge onto the southbound bridge. Both I-95 north and south traffic will use the southbound bridge to maneuver around the construction. 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.
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.
Eight bridges have been replaced on the project, with the I-95 bridges over Upham Brook in Henrico County remaining after the Lombardy Street bridge is completed in the fall. The project is currently on schedule for completion in June 2014. The following 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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