Fort Eustis Boulevard (Route 105) Bridge Replacement Over CSX Railroad
Fort Eustis Boulevard (Route 105) Bridge Replacement Over CSX Railroad, #0105-121-R92, PE-101, C-501, UPC 91687
Project # 0105-121-R92, PE-101, C-501
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The bridge needs to be replaced from a maintenance perspective. The replacement bridge will reflect today's design standards which will include shoulder lanes. The project will require the closing of one half of the bridge at a time with two-way traffic operating on the half remaining open.
Phase 1 eastbound bridge (heading away from the post) was originally begun in March of 2013. Work on Phase 1 was scheduled to be completed in October 2013. During demolition of the eastbound bridge, the contractor discovered some underground utilities in conflict with the new bridge piers. The utility owners are working on moving their cables out of the way, but work on the bridge has slowed. Currently approximately one half of Phase 1 is built. We now expect Phase 1 to be completed in May 2014.
Phase 2 is scheduled to last approximately seven months from May 2014 until the end of December 2014. Demolition and reconstruction of the westbound bridge (heading toward the post) will occur during Phase 2, with traffic again restricted in the construction zone to one lane in each direction, traveling across the newly constructed bridge, and a reduced speed limit of 35 mph in the area.
Phase 3 will consist of median restoration and will take place for approximately three weeks following the completion of Phase 2. The project is expected to be completed in January 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why does the bridge need to be replaced? The City of Newport News has all bridges inspected bi-annual. This bridge was built in 1960 and recent inspections show that it is reaching the end of its useful life.
What work does the project entail? This project involves the entire replacement of the existing bridge carrying Route 105 (Fort Eustis Boulevard) over CSX railroad. One half of the bridge will be replaced at a time. Traffic will be shifted to drive on the half not being worked on and reduced to one lane in each direction.
Who is the contractor? Bryant Contracting, Inc., of Williamsburg is the General Contractor.
What studies have been done to predict the impact this project will have on local traffic? A Traffic Impact Evaluation was performed by a professional traffic engineering consultant. Various scenarios were run and recommendations for signal timing were made. The City of Newport News Engineering staff and our design consultant reviewed these recommendations and they were and incorporated in to the project traffic control plan. Also the recommendations and the traffic control plan were provided to VDOT.
What impact will the project have on my commute? With the various elements that affect a traffic system it is hard to determine an exact time of delay. Incidents that may cause additional delay could be accidents on Fort Eustis Boulevard, Interstate 64, Jefferson Avenue or Warwick Boulevard, inclement weather, etc. Commute times will increase and motorist should expect MAJOR delays on Fort Eustis Boulevard and adjacent routes.
What will the speed limit be on Fort Eustis Boulevard? The speed will be reduced to 35 miles per hour, for the duration of the project, starting near the entrance / exit ramps for Warwick Boulevard (Route 60) to East of Jefferson Avenue (Route 143).
What can I do to reduce the delay to my commute? We suggest that commuters use the first week to experiment with what method gives them the best results. Some of the recommend methods are:
The following are some web sites that will give you more information about the above suggestions:
What has been done to minimize the impact of this project to traffic?
- The City of Newport News has published a map suggesting alternate route from Interstate 64 to Fort Eustis, which is available on the project website.
- As the project progresses Newport News Engineering Staff will analyze traffic data and adjust signal timing to help keep traffic moving.
Will there be a project web site where I can get information about the project? Yes, the links are as follows:
The City has been advised by MMM Design Group of Norfolk, VA, the designer of the Route 105 Bridge over CSX, that a recalculation of the bridge load rating identified a potential design issue requiring a change to the bridge structure. The City is evaluating that need through another firm that specializes in bridge structural design. We have delayed the current construction to allow the review, which should be completed by April 15. The review and any change to the bridge structure will also be subject to approval the Virginia Department of Transportation. Work will continue as soon as possible. Completion currently scheduled for January 2015.
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|Newport News, VA 23607|