February 6th 2015 update:
Lane Closure: Tomorrow, Saturday the 7th – between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM – there will be a single lane closure on westbound Shore Drive between Page Avenue and East Stratford Street. This lane closure is being put in place to offload the permanent steel casings for bridge pier #4.
Note: LANE CLOSURE FOR SATURDAY IS CANCELLED PER CONTRACTOR
Dredging of Crab Creek was started this week and will continue for the next 3 weeks (complete by 2/28/2015). Just as in the last update, we advise boaters who are using this channel during this time period to be cautious of the dredging equipment when navigating the Crab Creek Channel.
Now on to the question everybody’s been asking: “What has been accomplished over the last two weeks?”
Actually, quite a lot – despite the cold temperatures.
Ø Installation of the retaining wall panels on the west side of the bridge (in front of 3556 On The Bay) has been completed;
Ø The installation of the new 16-inch water main in the western bridge approach has been completed;
Ø The first several courses of retaining wall panels along the entire length of the new eastern bridge approach (former Duck Inn property) has been placed;
Ø Several hundred feet of utility duct bank and storm drain have been constructed within the eastern bridge approach;
Ø Concrete for bridge pier column #1 was placed last week and forms will be stripped on 2/7/2015;
Ø Construction of the concrete cap at pier #2 has been completed and the reinforcing steel tied for bridge pier column #2;
Ø All of the foundation shafts for pier #3 have been constructed;
Ø Equipment and material have been mobilized to bridge pier #4 location and several of the permanent steel casings have been set;
Ø Three more bridge segments have been built at the casting yard with a fourth scheduled to be poured tomorrow, Saturday the 7th;
Over the next two weeks, you can expect to see a lot of activity on the east side of the bridge as we continue to build the retaining wall, install storm drain, and install other utilities in that location as we build up the embankment to the new bridge elevation. We will also begin installing the drilled shaft foundations at pier #4 and begin installation of the cofferdam around pier #3 in preparation for construction of the pier cap.
That’s it for now. 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
Phone: (757) 385-5785
Fax: (757) 385-5668