Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Oct. 19, 2011
I-95 SOUTH INCIDENT AT THE SHERWOOD AVENUE BRIDGE TODAY
COLONIAL HEIGHTS—Around 2:50 p.m. today, I-95 Bridge Restoration project crews were installing 50-foot sections of sheet pile for a temporary retaining wall outside the shoulder of I-95 south at the Sherwood Avenue bridge (mile marker 78) in Richmond. The crane holding one of the sections lost its grip causing the sheet pile to fall across all three travel lanes of I-95 south. A motorist in the left lane struck the sheet pile. According to Virginia State Police, the driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Archer Western, contractor, removed the sheet pile from the roadway and two travel lanes were reopened. The left lanes of I-95 north and south remained closed until approximately 3:45 p.m. for emergency responders. I-95 south traffic experienced a two-mile backup.
VDOT and Archer Western are investigating the incident to determine the cause and will outline steps to prevent this from occurring again. All sheet pile installation for the I-95 Bridge Restoration project is suspended until the investigation is completed. The I-95 bridge replacement at Laburnum Avenue (exit 79) will continue as scheduled this weekend.
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