#LESNERBRIDGE update from Public Works Project Manager

Over the next four weeks roadway work and preparations for the traffic lane shifts on Shore Drive will continue. Once this …

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Below is the latest project update from Chris Wojtowicz, project manager for the Lesner Bridge project. We will be posting a Lesner Bridge Project page on our web site within the next few days so you can get updated information and pass questions and concerns along to us. Please feel free to use this e-mail address to do the same.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Many 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

With July nearly behind us, the project team is wanted to provide an update on the Lesner Bridge construction.

First of all, as many of you are aware, the residents of 3556 on the Bay condominiums have graciously allowed us to install a time-lapse camera on top of their building to photo-document the Lesner Bridge construction. This camera snaps a photo every 30 minutes and saves the images for use in a time-lapse movie. The link to this camera can be found at: http://rshcs.workzonecam.com/rshcs

Now for some important construction related information.

Due to the daytime lane closure restrictions on Shore Drive for the summer season, any work performed on Shore Drive requiring lane closures between now and October 1st will have to be performed at night. Beginning tonight at 9:00 PM and ending this Thursday work on Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the western bridge abutment will require temporary lane closures.

This nighttime roadway work will include:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 22:00-05:00 – Sawcutting edge of pavement on EB Shore Drive, outside lane

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 22:00-05:00 – Grading of shoulder area on EB Shore Drive

Thursday, July 31, 2014 22:00-05:00 – Paving median between EB and WB lanes on Shore Drive

The daytime work now taking place includes:

1) Installing oil/water separator structure, SW corner of Shore Drive and Vista Circle

2) Preparing area for drilled shaft construction at bridge Pier #1, NW side of Lesner Bridge

3) Preparing shoulder areas on EB Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and Vista Circle for pavement widening and temporary pedestrian access.

Over the next four weeks roadway work and preparations for the traffic lane shifts on Shore Drive will continue. Once this temporary roadway work is completed, eastbound Shore Drive traffic will be shifted south at both bridge approaches to make room for the shifted westbound lanes. Both lanes of the WB Shore Drive traffic between Page Avenue and the eastern bridge abutment and also between East Stratford Street and the western bridge abutment, will be shifted through the existing median onto what are now the EB lanes. This temporary Stage 2 traffic pattern will provide the room necessary for building the new WB bridge.

The Stage 2 traffic pattern for WB Shore Drive traffic will be as follows:

Between the existing Lesner Bridge and Page Avenue: Once WB Shore Drive traffic travels through the signalized intersection of Page Avenue and Shore Drive, traffic will be shifted south through the existing median onto what are now the EB lanes (both EB lanes will be shifted south towards the Lesner Inn and Bubba’s onto temporary pavement). These WB lanes will then be shifted back through the median and onto the existing WB Lesner Bridge approximately 250 feet before the bridge. WB traffic will then continue across the WB bridge.

Between the existing Lesner Bridge and East Stratford Street: After crossing the bridge, the WB traffic will be shifted again through the existing median onto what are now the EB Shore Drive travel lanes between East Stratford Street and the bridge. After approximately 300 feet, the WB traffic will be brought back through the median and back onto existing WB Shore Drive to the traffic signal at the Shore Drive/East Stratford Street intersection. WB Shore Drive traffic will then continue through this intersection just as it does today.

Please note that although the traffic lanes on Shore Drive are being shifted, the current lane designations will be maintained. The LEFT TURN lanes on Shore Drive at East Stratford Street and Page Avenue will be re-marked and maintained throughout the Stage 2 traffic pattern.

This is a lot of information, so if you have any questions or concerns about the ongoing or upcoming work, please contact me at the number or email address below and I will do my best to answer whatever project question you may have.

Drive Safely!

-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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