#LESNERBRIDGE update from Project Manager: “. . . we are still anticipating that this traffic switch will occur sometime in early October 2016.”

August 19th 2016 update:

Citizens, Interested Parties, and Sharp-Eyed Observers:

Gazing through the hot haze that has been hanging over our city recently, you probably have already noticed that crews have made a quite a bit of progress on the Lesner Bridge Replacement Project. In fact, according to Chris Wojtowicz, engineer, project manager, and maharishi of bridges, crews are now working on the LAST SPAN of the westbound bridge. That means big things for the upcoming fall.

You ask, “Such as . . . ?” Good question . . . .

Below is our latest collection of facts and figures and snappy photos – updated for your reading pleasure – that will update you on the LB progress. It’s great reading, as well as enlightening. Don’t skip a word of it . . . .

Feel free to let Chris or me know if you have any questions or need more information. If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch this construction sequence animation, please check it out.

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.

Thanks again for all of your interest and patience throughout this project. Enjoy this scorching summer weather, keep the grill fired up, avoid those skeeters . . . AND STAY COOL AND SAFE!

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

dlankfor@vbgov.com
(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353
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To All:

It’s been a little of two years since we started the construction of the new Lesner Bridge and we are about to complete a major milestone in the project – the completion of the new westbound Lesner Bridge.

As I am writing this update, McLean Contracting is loading the gantry crane with the last 14 segments for the new westbound bridge. Erection of these segments will begin on 8/19/2016 and should be completed by 8/31/2016. A lot still has to happen before we are ready to move the westbound traffic on Shore Drive from the old bridge to the new bridge, but we are still anticipating that this traffic switch will occur sometime in early October 2016.

Between now and then, crews will be finishing the parapet wall, handrail, pavement planing and grooving of the bridge deck, installation of temporary barrier service across the new bridge for the pedestrian and bicycle path, temporary pavement markings, and paving of the traffic transition areas located at Page Avenue and at East Stratford Street.

The next 45 days will be very busy preparing the new bridge for the traffic switch, so we will provide frequent project updates on the progress of this work as we near a firm date for the movement of traffic to the new bridge.

One obvious question keeps coming up now that we have reached the other side of the Lynnhaven Inlet with our gantry crane: “Where the heck are we going to store this large piece of equipment until it is ready to be used for the new eastbound bridge?”

The answer? Once we finish erecting Span 10 of the bridge, the gantry will be “walked” back to the west until it reaches Span 1 of the bridge. From there it will be moved horizontally to the north side of the bridge using rollers and temporary steel falsework to slide the entire gantry to falsework now being installed on the beach near 3556 On the Bay Condominiums. It will remain in this location for approximately six months until it is needed for the eastbound bridge, and then it will be moved across the new westbound Lesner Bridge using the same roller and rail system to position the gantry ready to erect the new eastbound Lesner Bridge.

Temporary Steel Falsework being installed on the north side of the new westbound Lesner Bridge and west of Lynnhaven Inlet

Temporary Steel Falsework being installed on the north side of the new westbound Lesner Bridge and west of Lynnhaven Inlet

View from the new westbound Lesner Bridge looking east-southeast ta the last remaining span (10) of the bridge

View from the new westbound Lesner Bridge looking east-southeast ta the last remaining span (10) of the bridge

Since the last project update (6/15/2016), the following work has been completed:

· The main span (Span 5) of the westbound bridge was completed;

· Spans 7, 8, and 9 have been completed;

· The remaining expansion segment of the westbound bridge was set in Span 10;

· All segment casting for the westbound bridge was completed;

· Bridge conduit systems have been completed up to Span 6;

· The new 16-inch water main has been completed up to Span 6;

· Completed installation of the temporary trench drains along the north side of each bridge approach;

· Finished handrail installation along the retaining wall in front of 3556 On the Bay Condominiums.

Completed Handrail on top of parapet wall of new westbound Lesner Bridge

Completed Handrail on top of parapet wall of new westbound Lesner Bridge

AMI, Inc. in Portsmouth, continues to build the superstructure of the new Lesner Bridge. All segments have been cast and are now complete for the westbound bridge. A total of 29 of the 168 bridge segments have been cast for the new eastbound bridge.

Over the next two weeks, the bridge contractor will:

· Load the gantry with all of the Span 10 segments;

· Complete erection of Span 10 of the westbound Lesner Bridge;

· Grind and groove bridge deck between Spans 4 and 6;

· Begin painting bridge superstructure and substructure starting at Span 1;

· Install parapets and barrier wall along bridge Spans 4, 5, & 6;

· Install bridge conduit system through bridge Span 9;

· Install 16-inch water main through bridge Span 9;

· Complete water meter relocation and installation of storm water structures on East Stratford Street in front of 3556 On the Bay Condominiums.

That’s it for now. Please drive safely!

– Chris

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

Screen shot of Construction Cam westbound view taken 8am August 20th 2016

Screen shot of Construction Cam westbound view taken 8am August 20th 2016

Join us at our meeting August 29th and chat with Captain Ronan & Lieutenant Wilkerson from Police Dept

This is rescheduled from our July meeting to August 29th. We meet at the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue squad from 730p-900p.

Join us!

Email from Captain Ronan:

Good afternoon Mr. Williams,

First, thanks again for the invitation for Lieutenant Wilkerson and I to present to the Shore Drive Community Coalition (SDCC) on Monday, August 29, 2016, which we will accept. Since receiving the first invitation on July 20, 2016 from Mr. Solomon to attend on a SDCC meeting, we are prepared to discuss the following items requested:

o Accidents and deaths at Shore Drive and Kendall
o Results/trends/solutions of speed enforcement checks on Shore Drive between North Great Neck and State Park
o Pedestrian death on Shore Drive near Kroger’s intersection
o Traffic signal study for Lynnhaven Drive and North Great Neck Road. Possible impact from proposed development of Marina Shores.
o Illegal parking on Shore Drive between North Great Neck and State Park.

In regard to the last bulleted item, I have periodically been monitoring the Shore Drive corridor in regard to the noted parking issues noted of Illegal parking on Shore Drive between North Great Neck and State Park. As a result, I have been in contact with our City’s Traffic Engineer, Mr. Robert K. Gey, to determine what, if anything can be improved upon. Additionally, I have contacted the Second Police Precinct and requested additional patrols to address any illegal or inappropriate parking along Shore Drive. Traffic Engineering received a call and is addressing, a recent complaint from a citizen in regard to parking on Shore Drive at Sandalwood Road, which is causing a visibility obstruction (attached picture).

In terms of the impacts of the few development sites mentioned, the Police Department will continue to support the community, patrol & respond to calls for service, and enforce laws in the Shore Drive community as we do with the rest of the City. As the Shore Drive section continues to grow and develop, since it’s a desirable area, the traffic will continue to grow as well. The Police Department is not in a position to stop or hinder future development anywhere in the City. On the contrary, our efforts are to continue making the City of Virginia Beach the Safest City in the United States, where citizens wish to live, work, and raise a family, as well as, where visitors want to visit.

City Traffic Engineer, Robert Gey advises there are two projects programmed for Shore Drive, which the SDCC is aware of; Shore Drive Phase III(construction 2018-2021) and Shore Drive Phase IV(construction 2026-2028). Phase IV is not currently funded. There is no increase in the number of lanes or roadway capacity with either of these projects as is the desire of the Shore Drive community.

Feel free to contact Lieutenant J. E. Wilkerson or me should you have any additional questions or concerns. Otherwise, we’ll see you and members of the SDCC on Monday, August 29, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall on Shore Drive.

Best regards,

Mike

Captain M. P. Ronan
Commanding Officer, Special Operations
Virginia Beach Police Department
2667 Leroy Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
Spec Ops (757) 385-4606
Direct (757) 385-8957
Fax (757) 385-4406
mronan@vbgov.com

“The survey questionnaire (see link below) provides an opportunity for Hampton Roads residents to share opinions and participate in the ongoing mitigation planning process taking place with Hampton Roads communities.”

Start here at VBGov.com to complete the: Hampton Roads Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey.

Both the survey and the August draft will be “live” through August 17, 2016, at which time we will compile the survey results and comments received for the committee to review and act upon.

The survey will be available through August 17, 2016. Additional opportunities to review the draft plan and provide written feedback, or to ​​​​​attend a public meeting​ are in the planning process. Stay tuned for additional information.

Emphasis ours.

The Draft Plan includes language like:

Mitigation actions should go beyond recommending structural solutions to reduce existing vulnerability, such as elevation of structures, retrofitting, and acquisition projects. Local policies that guide community growth and development, incentives tied to natural resource protection, and public awareness and outreach activities should be considered to reduce the region’s future vulnerability to identified hazards.

This afternoon before the City Council Meeting tonight there is also a briefing on the Community Rating System:

MAYOR WILLIAM D. SESSOMS, JR. PRESIDING
I. CITY MANAGER’S BRIEFINGS – Conference Room – 4:00 PM
. . .
B. NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM and
REGIONAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN Whitney McNamara – Planning
. . .

View 1 page PDF of City Council Agenda here.

More Posts at SDCC.info about Community Rating System or CRS here.
More info at SDCC.info about Flood Mitigation at our Hot Page.

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Monday July 25th General Meeting & Special Presentation on Shore Drive Safety

Click here for the meeting agenda – 7.25.16 SDCC Agenda

SDCC General Meeting Agenda

Monday July 25, 2016 from 7:30 to 9:00pm

Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad Hall

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

This is meeting is open to the general public and the topic is a very important one, so bring a friend.

Special Presentations –  Road Safety in the Shore Drive Area

Captain M. P. Ronan Commanding Officer, Special Operations and Lieutenant Jeffery E. Wilkerson, MSCJ Special Operations will discuss the duties of the VB Special Operations Division and will update us on the specific topics below followed by a Q&A.

  • Mr. Jacob Bollard’s death on Shore Drive near Kroger’s intersection.
  • Accident and death at Shore Drive and Kendall.
  • Results/trends/solutions of speed enforcement checks on Shore Drive between North Great Neck and State Park.
  • Traffic signal study for Lynnhaven Drive and North Great Neck Road. Possible impact from proposed development of Marina Shores.
  • Illegal parking on Shore Drive between North Great Neck and State Park