Lesner Bridge Replacement
Project at a Glance
The Lesner Bridge, located on Shore Drive (Route 60) spans the Lynnhaven Inlet off of the Chesapeake Bay in the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Though recent rehabilitation and current maintenance have extended the life of the bridge, the harsh marine environment has caused extensive corrosion to portions of the existing bridge and dictated the need to replace the bridge.
The purpose of the Lesner Bridge Replacement Project is to replace a structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge. As part of this project, there is also an opportunity to make safety improvements for the traveling public crossing the bridge (automobile, pedestrian and bicycle) and to enhance the aesthetics, open space, landscape and architecture of the Shore Drive Corridor.
The twin replacement bridges will each feature a 53 foot eight-inch wide deck that will accommodate two lanes of traffic, with appropriate shoulders on each side and a multi-use path in each direction. The eastbound and westbound structures can accommodate three lanes of traffic in each direction in the future, if needed.
The two travel lanes on each of the twin structures will be 12-feet wide. The outside shoulders will be 10-feet wide and the inside shoulders will be six-feet wide. A 10-foot multi-use path will also be located on the outside of each structure, separated from traffic by a rigid barrier.
This project is locally administered by the City of Virginia Beach: