“With the Notice to Proceed issued to McLean Construction on June 2nd, 2014, construction of the new Lesner Bridge is about to begin. One of the first things that is going to be performed by McLean is pre-construction damage assessment surveys of homes and businesses located adjacent to the construction limits of the new bridges.”

From 2 emails:

Folks:

Below is a message from Chris Wojtowicz concerning the pre-construction damage assessment surveys of homes and businesses that is being conducted prior to the beginning of construction on the new Lesner Bridge. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Chris or me and we will be happy to assist you.

Thanks.

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

dlankfor@vbgov.com
(O) 757.385.8062
(C) 757.409.4353

Dear Residents of the Shore Drive Community:

With the Notice to Proceed issued to McLean Construction on June 2nd, 2014, construction of the new Lesner Bridge is about to begin.

One of the first things that is going to be performed by McLean is pre-construction damage assessment surveys of homes and businesses located adjacent to the construction limits of the new bridges. Seismic Surveys, Inc. (SSI) is an independent, third party consulting firm that has been retained by McLean Contracting (bridge construction contractor) to conduct these damage assessment surveys between June 9th 2014 and June 20th 2014.

These pre-construction damage assessment surveys are conducted to document the existing condition of properties prior to the start of the bridge construction.

THIS SURVEY IS A VOLUNTARY AND PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE USED TO PROTECT ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO HAVE ANY IMPACT ON PRIVATE PROPERTY.

The pre-construction damage assessment survey will consist of both an interior and exterior assessment of selected properties and will include photographic and written documentation of the various building materials and pre-existing cracks that are visible during the survey. If your property is one selected and you authorize SSI to conduct a survey, please bring specific items of concern related to your property to the attention of the SSI employee conducting the survey. We encourage and request that you accompany the SSI representative so that you may receive the best possible survey in the time available.

During the construction operations, seismic monitoring equipment will be used to measure ground vibration. Normally these monitors are installed at the closest structures to the work. The vibration intensity (particle velocity) threshold set for this project is based on research by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO Designation R 8-96) and private consultants.

Particle velocities are not expected to reach this threshold value during any portion of bridge construction; however, some vibration may be noticeable during certain times as this work progresses.

Coordination of these surveys will be done by a representative of SSI.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patrick Hastings with SSI at 888-250-6566.

For any other questions regarding the bridge construction, please contact me at (757) 385-5785 or at cwojtowi@vbgov.com

Thank You,

-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
Phone: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668
email: cwojtowi@vbgov.com

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