#LESNERBRIDGE update includes more about The Canoes at Lesner Bridge in Ocean Park

Update from email includes the comedy you expect:

Bridge Insiders:

Kingfish is bubbling over with all kinds of news, including the latest on the sculpture for the bridge that was just announced (picture included) and the latest inside scoop on falsework: “ . . . falsework is being constructed as a mirror image of the temporary steel falsework that the yellow gantry is now supported on and located on the north side of the bridge. Once this falsework is complete, plans will be made to place two steel girders across Shore Drive (and the new bridge) to connect both sets of falsework.”

If you’re a “falsework” junkie, you’re about to fall in love . . . .
As always, there are a lot of good things going with the project now, and you get the first peek. We appreciate your questions and e-mails, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
As a reminder, we are regularly updating information on our WEB page at: http://www.vbgov.com/lesner-bridge. You can also follow us on Twitter at: @lesnerbridge.

If you know of someone who would like to be added to our update list, please have them get in touch with me at this e-mail address and I will be glad to add them. Please feel free to pass this along to others.

As I said, feel free to let Chris or me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Thanks again for all of your interest and patience throughout this project. So . . . stay drive, look out for each other, and put the phone down while you’re driving.

Drew Lankford
Media and Communications
Department of Public Works
City of Virginia Beach

(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353


Foundation work for the new eastbound Lesner Bridge is progressing as scheduled and the contractor is now installing the drilled shaft foundations in Pier #3, the first water pier for the eastbound bridge.

But before we get into the details of the bridge construction, I want to point out one feature of the eastbound bridge that is not present in the westbound bridge – the Scenic Overlook. This overlook will be located on the southwest side of the bridge right across from the Lynnhaven Boat Ramps.

Scenic Overlook Area Located on the Southwest side of the New Eastbound Lesner Bridge

The plans show that a cast-in-place concrete planter was to be built within this Scenic Overlook; however, in lieu of this planter the Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation has worked with renowned artist, Donald Lipski, and private donors to provide a unique one-of-a-kind signature sculpture known at The Canoes. This work was presented last Thursday by Mr. Lipski at the Bayfront Advisory Commission meeting. Additional information can be found on the City of Virginia Beach website in the News Center.

Proposed Sculpture THE CANOES by Donald Lipski

Back to bridge construction!

As mentioned earlier, foundation work for the new eastbound bridge is progressing well. Only one more concrete pour remains for the completion of bridge Abutment A (west side of Lynnhaven Inlet), all of the drilled shafts have been installed for bridge piers 1 and 2 and two of the five drilled shafts have already been completed for pier 3.

Multiple activities are occurring concurrently. As the drilled shafts are being installed, McLean is continuing to install temporary trestle towards the pier 4 location. Footing preparations for pier 1 are ongoing and the construction of the pipe pile falsework between Abutment A and pier 1 is well underway. This falsework is being constructed as a mirror image of the temporary steel falsework that the yellow gantry is now supported on and located on the north side of the bridge. Once this falsework is complete, plans will be made to place two steel girders across Shore Drive (and the new bridge) to connect both sets of falsework. The gantry will then be winched across Shore Drive from north to south and put into position to begin erecting the superstructure of the new eastbound bridge. Stay tuned as more details of this move become available.

Demolition of the old bridges also continues. The deep main span footings (pier 14 and 15 of the old bridges) are currently being cut and removed from the Lynnhaven Inlet. Most of the accessible piles located west of Federal Channel have been removed. The remaining superstructure of the old bridges located east of the Federal Channel has already been sawcut and is ready for demolition after the gantry is moved.

AMI, Inc. in Portsmouth, continues to build the superstructure of the new Lesner Bridge. A total of 123 of the 168 segments have been cast for the new eastbound bridge. It is expected that all bridge segments for the eastbound bridge will be cast by August 2017.

Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:

· Continue bridge demolition;

· Install the remaining drilled shaft foundations at Pier #3;

· Install the concrete seal slab at Pier #4;

· Place the leveling pad for the new MSE wall along the south side of Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the new bridge;

· Continue filling and grading operations at the new bridge abutments;

· Install the new traffic signal pole and foundation on the southeast corner of Shore Drive and East Stratford Street;

· Continue installation of the steel falsework between Abutment A and Pier #1 to support the segment assembly gantry crane

· Grade and place the reinforcing steel for the footing at Pier #1

That’s it for now. Please drive safely!

Christopher J. Wojtowicz, PE
Project Manager
City of Virginia Beach
Department of Public Works
Engineering Division
2405 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-9031
Office: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668
Email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

“The designs carved into the canoes take inspiration from the time of the early settlers, including prints on fabrics such as John Smith’s tunic, Lipski said.”

More coverage of The Canoes at Lesner Bridge in Ocean Park.

Check out Pilotonline.com for more.

The foundation still needs to raise about $100,000 of the $350,000 contract and is accepting donations through its website: vbpublicart.org.

“New Sculpture to Welcome Visitors to the Rich History of Lynnhaven Inlet”

Learn more at VBGov.com about The Canoes at Lesner Bridge in Ocean Park:

The Canoes, to be located on the southern pedestrian overlook heading east on the new Lesner Bridge on Shore Drive, will usher visitors into the beauty and history of the Chesapeake Bay area. The historic canoe as a medium for the sculpture creates an indelible tie to the waters surrounding it. The Canoes draws on the Bay Area of the 1600s, when seine fishing was a profitable trade on the Lynnhaven shoreline.

More info about The Canoes at Lesner Bridge in Ocean Park at COVB City Page:

The Canoes uses ten full-size aluminum canoes, stamped and punched with elaborate lace patterns, a nod to the decorative arts of the early settlers. The canoes are joined at the center in a stylized sunburst, balanced atop a tall arch. It will be lit in the evening by soft LED lights and features a seating area overlooking the bay.

The Canoes at Lesner Bridge in Ocean Park

“What would be spectacular to see in any circumstance?”

26′ wide by 46′ tall. LED lighting, possibly aircraft aluminum.

Bayfront Advisory Committee and Public Art VB has been working on this.

Now it’s up to you to help too!

Get your fund raising thinking caps on.

It’s spectacular.

Mr. Lipski’s work at his website.

SDCC General Meeting Agenda – Monday April 24th

Click here for a printable version of the agenda 4.24.17 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda

Monday April 24, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:00pm

Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall

(parking in back, on side streets and across Shore Drive)


Special Presentation – No Special Presentation

Officer’s Reports:  Secretary – David Williams; Treasurer’s Report -Kathy Pawlak; Vice President – Wally Damon; President – Todd Solomon

Old Business-

Marina Shores Condo/Apartment Proposed Development – Brief update.  Developer plans to present to the Planning Commission as early as June.  The developer told Cape Story Civic Association that the dredge transfer land would be added to the proffer for unbuildable natural area to prevent it from being used as such.  City traffic studies supposedly show that traffic counts won’t be high enough and a potential for increased accidents prevent a stop light from being installed at N Great Neck and Lynnhaven Dr.

Bayfront to Oceanfront Shuttle Route – Update on City’s plans for the test route.  City and Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) are working on finalizing the bus stops and should have a brochure created soon.

New Business

Bayfront Advisory Commission (BAC) News – Mr. Wally Damon will update us on the actions of the Bayfront Advisory Commission.

Road/Pedestrian Safety on Shore Drive – VB Works (See-Click-Fix) has been used to identify possible improvement to pedestrian crossing at Red Tide and Shore Drive.  Better signage identifying pedestrian right of way when in crosswalk and confirmation of adequate operation of motion detection system were addressed.  

City of Virginia Beach Bike and Trails Plan Input  – The City is asking for public input on this plan.  Residents can take an online survey and also provide comment using Virtual Town Hall.  Comments will be taken until April 30th.  So if you ride a bike or use sidewalks and trails, let the City hear your opinions.  Click here for City website links

Community Concerns and Suggestions for 2017 – General discussion of neighborhood and community concerns that may need SDCC attention.  This is an opportunity for all to share information.


Next SDCC Meeting – Monday May 22, 2017

(Please note the meeting is a week early due to Memorial Day)

Boat mechanic airlifted with injuries from boat fire in Cape Henry Shores

News at WAVY.com.

Firefighters were called to the 2100 block of E. Kendall Circle at 3:39 p.m.

News at WTKR.com.

After they left the scene crews were called back in minutes for the explosion, fire officials said.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Virginia Beach Fire Department

Coverage at Pilotonline.com.

Shore Drive near First Landing State Park [was] closed until about 5pm.

Photo Credit: Michael Schmitt