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“Every five years, Virginia Beach takes a new look at its long-term plan for growth and development. It’s called the Comprehensive Plan, “It’s Our Future,” and we need your input.”

October 20, 2014
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That means you!

One of the reasons you still have time to comment is the work that Shore Drive Community Coalition – your neighbors – does to ensure We The People have a stronger voice.

Updates, info & more at VBGov.com.
Virtual Town Hall to share your input now. IMG_1347.JPG

Have a voice in your neighborhood now!

#LESNERBRIDGE update from Project Manager – includes notice of lane closures next week October 17th 2014 Update

October 17, 2014
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October 17 2014 UPDATE:

Expect more daytime lane closures today, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge.

Today, October 17th and Monday October 20th, the electrical contractor will complete the boring of the new electrical conduit beneath East Stratford Street from the Sushi Restaurant to J&A Racing. Then on Tuesday October 21st the contractor will repair several potholes that have formed on Shore Drive east of East Stratford Street.

*** This work will require a SINGLE LANE CLOSURE on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm for each day of work.

During this work, a police officer will be located at the intersection of Shore Drive and East Stratford Street to assist with vehicles entering and leaving East Stratford Street from Shore Drive.

The last project update mentioned that several recently placed concrete traffic barriers located on westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Lesner Bridge had to be replaced and would also require a daytime westbound lane closure to do this work. In lieu of replacement, the contractor is considering repair of these three temporary barriers. Because of that, no daytime lane closure on westbound Shore Drive at Page Avenue is planned at this time.

As for the latest progress:

Construction of the new bridge abutment “A” continues on the west side of the Lynnhaven Inlet. Formwork for the new westbound bridge abutment is now being constructed and is expected to be completed by October 24th. Concrete for the new abutment will likely be placed the week of October 27th.

Two of the four 4’ diameter x 95’ deep shafts have already been constructed at bridge Pier #2. Construction of the two remaining shafts at Pier #2 will be completed by the week of October 20th.

The temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site (LDMSS) continues. The tie-back system on the new bulkhead will begin to be installed the week of October 20th and is anticipated to be complete by Friday, October 24th. The formwork for the concrete cap on the temporary bulkhead will likely be completed by October 31st.

Grading and preparation of the new westbound bridge approach located on the east side of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment continues. The contractor is currently excavating the foundation for the new retaining wall that will be installed between 3556 On the Bay Condominiums and Shore Drive.

They also are continuing to install wick drains in the westbound bridge approach area between Page Avenue and the bridge. (“Wick Drains” are being used to accelerate the consolidation of a soft, compressible clay layer that exists approximately 50 feet below grade. As we place select fill material to build up the new bridge approaches, we want to accelerate and greatly increase the consolidation and settlement of this soft layer prior to building the new roadway).

We will continue to keep you informed of our progress as we move forward with this important project.

Have a safe driving weekend!

-Chris

Christopher J. Wojtowicz, P.E.
Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Municipal Center-Bldg 2
2405 Court House Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031

Zoomed in screen shot of construction cam photo taken at 2pm OCT17 2014

Zoomed in screen shot of construction cam photo taken at 2pm OCT17 2014

SHORE DRIVE WESTBOUND AT KROGER CLOSED

October 16, 2014
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Bad accident.

Happening now 550pm.

Bird Walks at Pleasure House Point

October 15, 2014
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Sunday, October 19
Friday, October 24 and
Sunday, October 26,
All are 7:30 AM

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society. These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Dana@LRNow.org or 757-962-5398.

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City Council Candidates Forum Monday, October 20, 6-8:30 PM VB Oberndorf Central Library

October 15, 2014
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City Council Candidates Forum
Monday, October 20, 6-8:30 PM
VB Oberndorf Central Library

Vote Button On Tuesday, November 4, we will be electing seven new members to our City Council. Come to our Forum at the Central library on Monday, October 20th to hear all the candidates’ positions of issues of interest to you.

Co-sponsored by the Princess Anne Garden Club, the Virginia Beach Garden Club, the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, and the Virginia Beach Council of Civic Organizations.

No pre-registration is required. For more information, 757-962-5398 or Karen@LRNow.org.

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#LESNERBRIDGE update from Project Manager – includes notice of lane closures next week

October 11, 2014
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October 10th 2014 update:

Last week we sent out an update on the progress of the Lesner Bridge construction. Before we give you the latest update, we want to let you know now about upcoming lane closures.

On Monday, October 13th and Tuesday October 14th, the electrical contractor will be boring new electrical conduit beneath East Stratford Street from the Sushi Restaurant to J&A Racing. Then on Wednesday October 15th and Thursday October 16th, the electrical contractor will bore beneath Shore Drive from the Sushi Restaurant to the corner near 3556 On the Bay.

*** This work will require a LANE CLOSURE on eastbound Shore Drive between DuPont Circle and East Stratford Street between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm for each day of work.

During this work, a police officer will be located at the intersection of Shore Drive and East Stratford Street to assist with vehicles entering and leaving East Stratford Street from Shore Drive.

Also, no specific day was given by the contractor, but one lane of westbound Shore Drive will be temporarily closed next week from Page Avenue to the existing bridge so that several of the recently placed concrete barriers can be replaced.

This lane closure, when it happens, will take place sometime between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. As soon as we get a firm date and time, we will send out the information to you.

As for the latest progress:

As of today, all of the drilled shafts for the new bridge abutment “A” and Pier #1 located just east of 3556 On the Bay condominiums have been completed. Equipment has been relocated to Pier #2 and drilling of the shafts at Pier #2 has begun. It is expected that all of the drilled shafts for Pier #2 will be completed by the week of October 20th.

Just in case some of you were wondering, spacing between the pier centerlines is 150 feet, except for the center span of the new bridge. Pier spacing at the center span is 225 feet.

The temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site (LDMSS) continues. The deadmen for the tie-back system on the new bulkhead has been installed and formwork for the concrete cap continues to be installed. This work will continue through at least the week of October 20th.

Grading and preparation of the new westbound bridge approach located on the east side of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment continues. Over the next two weeks the excavation contractor will be preparing this area, as well as the area between East Stratford Street and the existing bridge, for the new retaining wall that will be located on the north side of Shore Drive.

This bridge project will also relocate and replace the existing traffic signals located at either end of the bridge; one at Shore Drive/East Stratford Street and one at Shore Drive/Vista Circle/Page Avenue. The work will take place in phases over the next several months.

That’s it for now.

Have a Safe Driving Weekend!

-Chris

Christopher J. Wojtowicz, P.E.
Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Municipal Center-Bldg 2
2405 Court House Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031

Emphasis ours.

screen shot of Construction Cam from today at 730a

screen shot of Construction Cam from today at 730a

Today Show shows off yoga on Chic’s Beach at sunrise

October 10, 2014
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