October 30th 2014 UPDATE:
Happy Halloween! Our news update for the bridge project is in NO WAY as frightful as the candy-craving minions who will be roaming the streets of Virginia Beach this evening!
The installation of the conduits beneath Shore Drive and East Stratford Street has been completed. For these next two weeks there are no scheduled daytime lane closures within the Lesner Bridge project limits.
Beginning on Monday, November 3rd, however, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) will begin their work on the existing sanitary sewer forcemain in WB Shore Drive. HRSD will mobilize two construction crews; one located at Shore Drive/Rockbridge Road and one at Shore Drive/Kleen Street. They will begin work on the active forcemain in order to remove from service the portion of this forcemain that crosses the existing westbound Lesner Bridge.
The first week of HRSD’s work will involve setting up their traffic control. None of this work will require long term lane closures on Shore Drive. There will likely be daytime lane closures the week of November 3rd as they setup the temporary barrier service on westbound Shore Drive at Kleen Street and build the temporary lane shift at Rockbridge Road.
The actual work to excavate, cut and cap the forcemain will take place the week of November 10th through Saturday November 15th. Restoration work of the roadway and work areas will take place the week of November 17th. All work, including equipment demobilization and removal of the temporary traffic control, should be completed by November 24th.
As for the latest bridge construction progress:
Ø Construction of the new bridge abutment “A” continues on the west side of the Lynnhaven Inlet. The first concrete pour on the new bridge abutment took place on Wednesday, October 29th. Placement of the reinforcing steel and formwork for the second tier of the abutment will take place the week of November 3rd.
Ø All of the drilled shafts at Piers 1 and 2 have been installed. Over the next two weeks the Contractor will mobilize equipment to Pier #3, the first in-water pier to be constructed on this project. Also within the next two weeks the Contractor will begin preparing the excavation at Pier #1 for the formwork of the concrete cap.
The temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site (LDMSS) continues. The tie-back system on the new bulkhead is nearly complete. Construction of the tie-back and waler system on the temporary bulkhead will be completed by Wednesday, November 5th. Placement of the formwork and steel reinforcing for the concrete cap on the bulkhead will also continue through November 5th.
Wick drain installation for the new westbound bridge approach located on the east side of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment continues. On the west side of the bridge – in front of 3556 On the Bay Condominiums – the subgrade has been prepared for the foundation of the new retaining wall. Between November 5th and November 7th the Contractor will begin to form and place the concrete footing support for the new retaining wall. Delivery of the first concrete panels for the new wall is expected Friday, November 7th.
On the east side of the bridge drainage work also continues. The new storm drainage structures are being placed along Cape Henry Drive in front of Bubba’s and the Lesner Inn. The temporary steel sheeting installed at the corner of Shore Drive and Vista Circle will be removed between November 5th and November 7th. After this is removed, work will begin to install 36-inch stormwater pipe from the structure to the existing 36-inch pipe located on the south side of Cape Henry Drive.
At some point during this construction Cape Henry Drive will be reduced to one lane and the Contractor will have to provide a flagger to control traffic on this road until the new pipe can be installed. Once we have a better idea of schedule for this work, we will issue another project updated with specific dates and estimated duration of the work.
Finally, unrelated to the bridge construction but contributing to the amount of construction work now taking place within the Lynnhaven Inlet and along Cape Henry Drive, is the Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) transmission line rehab work. This is just an FYI to all of you who are curious as to what is going on with the old transmission lines and towers.
DVP is replacing a number of wooden poles and structures along Cape Henry Drive and along the south side of Shore Drive near the Lynnhaven Boat Ramps with galvanized steel monopoles. They will also be installing two new transmission line towers to replace the two aging towers that are currently located in the Lynnhaven Inlet. The new tower on the east side of the inlet (by the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Association) will be installed approximately 210 feet east of the current tower location. The new tower on the west side of the inlet (Lynnhaven Boat Ramp) will be installed approximately 25 feet west of the current tower location. This will result in a new tower spacing of 810 feet that is significantly greater than the current 575 foot spacing.
That’s it for now. Have a safe driving weekend, and keep an eye out for those munchkins roaming the streets tonight!
Christopher J. Wojtowicz, P.E.
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