Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
Sept. 18, 2013
WEEKEND I-95 BRIDGE REPLACEMENTS AT LOMBARDY STREET RESUME FRIDAY
I-95 drivers advised to use I-295 or alternate route through Monday morning
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is gearing up for the second of three weekends to replace complex bridge sections over the CSX railroad along Interstate 95 at Lombardy Street as part of the Richmond Bridge Restorations project. Crews replaced four of 20 sections over the southbound bridge last weekend and will return at 8 p.m. Friday to begin northbound replacements. For drivers’ safety, I-95 traffic will merge to one lane in each direction at Lombardy Street (mile marker 77) through 6 a.m. Monday. Due to expected traffic delays, I-95 travelers are strongly advised to use I-295 or other alternate routes.
Drivers can expect major delays along I-95 in Richmond between the I-64 east interchange (mile marker 75) and the Bryan Park/I-64 west interchange (mile marker 79). Additional delays are expected for travelers entering Richmond along I-64 west at the Shockoe Valley Bridge (mile marker 190) and I-64 east at the Bryan Park interchange (mile marker 186).
“Many drivers used alternate routes to avoid the work zone last weekend and traffic delays were minimal to moderate as a result,” said Scott Fisher, project manager. “We’re hoping I-95 drivers will continue to take our advice and choose an alternate route over the remaining two weekends.”
VDOT strongly encourages I-95 and I-64 travelers through Richmond use one of the following alternate routes to reduce delays:
From I-95 south (Henrico): Access I-295 at exit 84 to reach I-64 east/west or areas south of Richmond; through travelers can use I-295 south to bypass Richmond and re-enter I-95 south at exit 46 in Prince George County. Local traffic can also take exit 82 (Chamberlayne Avenue/Route 1/301 south) to reach Richmond destinations.
From I-95 north (Prince George): Access I-295 at exit 46 to reach I-64 east/west or areas north of Richmond; through travelers can use I-295 north to bypass Richmond and re-enter I-95 north at exit 84 in Henrico County.
From I-64 east (Goochland/Henrico): There are three alternate routes:
- Access Route 288 south at exit 175 in Goochland to reach Chesterfield County locations and to re-enter I-95 at exit 62
- Access I-295 at exit 177 to reach I-95 north or I-64 east of Richmond
- Access I-195 south at exit 186 in Richmond to reach downtown destinations, Route 76/Powhite Parkway Extension (toll) through Chesterfield County or the Downtown Expressway (toll).
From I-64 west (Henrico/New Kent): Access I-295 north at exit 200 to reach I-95 or to continue on to I-64 west of Richmond.
To keep traffic moving, VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol will operate around the clock on I-95 in the vicinity of the work zone during the weekend bridge replacements. In addition, electronic message signs will display estimated travel times through the work zone and recommend Richmond through travelers use I-295.
The 12-span Lombardy Street bridge is the largest and most complex of the 11 bridges for the project. The I-95 bridges over Upham Brook in Henrico County remain after the Lombardy Street bridge is completed. The project is currently ahead of schedule with completion expected in June 2014. The following eight bridges have been replaced:
- Laburnum Avenue
- Bridge over Boulevard exit ramp
- Hermitage Road
- Westwood Avenue
- Overbrook Road
- Sherwood Avenue
- Robin Hood Road
Anyone with questions about the project can call VDOT’s customer service center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
Live traffic camera feeds and real-time listings of road conditions and closures in Virginia are available on VDOT’s 24-hour traffic and travel information website, www.511Virginia.org. Traffic information is also available by calling 511 or following the central Virginia 511 feed on Twitter @511centralVA; regional project and travel information @VaDOTRVA.
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