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Lesner Bridge Construction

Published: June 10, 2014

A project is underway to replace Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach. The new bridge project will include twin bridges with one 12-foot inside lane, one 14-foot wide outside lane, a 6-foot inner shoulder and an 8-foot outer shoulder.

Both spans will have a 10-foot multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, approximately twice the size of the bridge's current pedestrian paths. There will be 45 feet of clearance under the bridge at its highest point which is an increase of about 10 feet when compared with the current bridge. 

Public Works will install a temporary bulkhead at Crab Creek facing Lynnhaven Inlet to be used as a staging area and allow contractors to offload equipment. Crews are currently removing about 60,000 cubic yards of sand from this proposed equipment staging area and using it to replenish Cape Henry Beach. In addition, about 16,000 cubic yards of sediment will need to be dredged from the inlet for future beach replenishment.

The project is expected to take approximiately three years to complete. Two lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout construction.

The contract has been awarded to McLean Contracting Company, and the established Notice-to-Proceed date was June 2, 2014. The project contract time is 1,095 calendar days and is expected to be completed in June 2017.

source: City of Virginia Beach