October 17 2014 UPDATE:
Expect more daytime lane closures today, as well as Monday and Tuesday of next week on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge.
Today, October 17th and Monday October 20th, the electrical contractor will complete the boring of the new electrical conduit beneath East Stratford Street from the Sushi Restaurant to J&A Racing. Then on Tuesday October 21st the contractor will repair several potholes that have formed on Shore Drive east of East Stratford Street.
*** This work will require a SINGLE LANE CLOSURE on eastbound Shore Drive between East Stratford Street and the Lesner Bridge between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm for each day of work.
During this work, a police officer will be located at the intersection of Shore Drive and East Stratford Street to assist with vehicles entering and leaving East Stratford Street from Shore Drive.
The last project update mentioned that several recently placed concrete traffic barriers located on westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and the Lesner Bridge had to be replaced and would also require a daytime westbound lane closure to do this work. In lieu of replacement, the contractor is considering repair of these three temporary barriers. Because of that, no daytime lane closure on westbound Shore Drive at Page Avenue is planned at this time.
As for the latest progress:
Construction of the new bridge abutment “A” continues on the west side of the Lynnhaven Inlet. Formwork for the new westbound bridge abutment is now being constructed and is expected to be completed by October 24th. Concrete for the new abutment will likely be placed the week of October 27th.
Two of the four 4’ diameter x 95’ deep shafts have already been constructed at bridge Pier #2. Construction of the two remaining shafts at Pier #2 will be completed by the week of October 20th.
The temporary bulkhead at the Lynnhaven Dredge Material Storage Site (LDMSS) continues. The tie-back system on the new bulkhead will begin to be installed the week of October 20th and is anticipated to be complete by Friday, October 24th. The formwork for the concrete cap on the temporary bulkhead will likely be completed by October 31st.
Grading and preparation of the new westbound bridge approach located on the east side of the bridge between Page Avenue and the existing bridge abutment continues. The contractor is currently excavating the foundation for the new retaining wall that will be installed between 3556 On the Bay Condominiums and Shore Drive.
They also are continuing to install wick drains in the westbound bridge approach area between Page Avenue and the bridge. (“Wick Drains” are being used to accelerate the consolidation of a soft, compressible clay layer that exists approximately 50 feet below grade. As we place select fill material to build up the new bridge approaches, we want to accelerate and greatly increase the consolidation and settlement of this soft layer prior to building the new roadway).
We will continue to keep you informed of our progress as we move forward with this important project.
Have a safe driving weekend!
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