“Four lanes of traffic will remain open throughout construction, although there will be a 15-month period during which pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to cross the bridge, Jarman said. The city is looking into options, including busing, to assist pedestrians across Lynnhaven Inlet.”

…there will be a 15-month period during which pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to cross the bridge…

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After the Lesner Bridge project, Jarman said, the city may consider keeping the bulkhead at Crab Creek permanently and request a permit modification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

During the first phase of construction, the pedestrian walkway on the westbound span of the existing bridge will be removed. The new westbound span will be built just north of the current bridge, and all traffic will remain open on the old bridge. That could take about 15 months, wrapping up by summer 2015, Jarman said.

Photo Credit: Share Shore Drive Day July 11 2009

Photo Credit: Share Shore Drive Day July 11 2009

7 thoughts on ““Four lanes of traffic will remain open throughout construction, although there will be a 15-month period during which pedestrians and cyclists will not be able to cross the bridge, Jarman said. The city is looking into options, including busing, to assist pedestrians across Lynnhaven Inlet.”

  1. Seeing the impact of previous road projects along Shore Drive, I would be fairly certain to bet that the fastest travelers during construction will be those walking and on bikes. When I brought up traffic issues with the city previously, I was told that the engineers were well experienced in such issues and that I should not be concerned. Now this cyclist and pedestrian issue is surfacing. What other major issues will be surfacing? Standby.

  2. New bridge will have 4 – 10 foot traffic lanes with no extra space for bikes or walkway. Just 4 lanes for car traffic. Maybe for 1 or 2 months we could live without this, but for 15 months (half the project) it’s unexceptable. The City engineers and citizens need to discuss some options. Unfortunately this should have been done a long time ago, but it’s not too late. Even if it’s $1 million to hang a temporary multipurpose path off the new bridge, it would be cheaper than paying someone to spend all day transporting people back and forth. $1million is only 1% of total cost. Probably better ideas out there, but we need to sit down and discuss.

  3. Pingback: “Staff will continue to brainstorm ideas with the stakeholders and the contractor (once determined) in order to try to find a resolution to this issue.” Phase 3 construction of Lesner Bridge. | Shore Drive Community Coalition

  4. As usual bikes and pedestrians will take secondary position to the almighty auto. Shame on you VB! You sure do love to claim what a “bike friendly ” city you are.

  5. HRT should set up 4 new bus stops approaching and leaving the Lesner Bridge. That would get foot and bike traffic over the construction zone in each direction. Busses should be fitted with Bike racks on the fwd or aft positions on the buses for bikes. That should have been done anyway to serve the Bike friendly city.

  6. First the city misses the bid by 20 million, then their chosen design firm misses their bid completely and work was supposed to start in April. What is VB doing in bridge building?
    They should have brought in the team that built the Yorktown bridge. A much bigger project that came in ahead of schedule and under budget.
    Also they should start with the eastbound side first and leave the westbound side with its
    sidewalk and approaches last. Just common sense !

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