#LESNERBRIDGE update for boaters – expect channel to be closed periodically starting this week thru week of March 14th

From an email update:

Folks,

The construction of the new westbound Lesner Bridge has reached a point where we are about to cross the federal channel.
At this point in construction we will be temporarily closing the channel at various times during the day to allow construction vessels to load/unload material and equipment up to the center span of the bridge (span #5). Boaters should expect and plan for these periodic channel closures beginning this week and extend at least until the week of March 14th 2016.

Over the next several weeks the bridge contractor will cantilever out 8 segments in span 5 from Pier #4 (west side of the channel) and then launch the gantry over to Piers #5 and #6 (east side of the channel) and build out span 6. The U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia and Maryland Pilots Association have also been made aware of these intermittent closures.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work in and around the federal channel during the month of March 2016.

Sincerely,

-Chris

Zoomed screen shot of construction camera from this morning

Zoomed screen shot of construction camera from this morning

One thought on “#LESNERBRIDGE update for boaters – expect channel to be closed periodically starting this week thru week of March 14th

  1. The project completion date published by the contractor Jul2, 2015 was June 2017 which matches the contracted completion date. The Feb 10, 2016 update says the first span will be open to traffic Sep 2016. Since construction start was Jul 2014, that’s 2 years and 2 months. Bridge two will take at least that long. Say 2 months demo of old bridge; that brings the project in no earlier than Jan 2019, one and a half years late – right? Are there liquidated damages? For 18 months of extended labor costs, will the contractor make any profit? What has caused this 18 month delay – weather, labor shortage, miscalculation of construction times?

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