• Lesner Bridge Construction Site Tour

  • The Eastern Region of ACEC Virginia recently hosted a Round Table session that was a bit different than the ones done in the past.  ACEC Virginia’s mission is focused on Building the Business of engineering companies in Virginia.  A very important part of this mission is celebrating engineering innovation, sustainability and overall contribution to the good of our communities to promote Engineering Excellence in Virginia. 

    On November 5, ACEC Virginia hosted a hardhat tour of the Lesner Bridge Replacement Project. Clark Nexsen partnered with FIGG Bridge to design this signature structure which began construction on June 2, 2014. The replacement bridge will provide two lanes of traffic in each direction with 10 foot wide multi-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Vertical clearance will be 45 feet and the length of the center bridge span over the navigation channel will be 225 feet. Hardhat tour attendees were briefed on the logistics of constructing the bridge by the City’s Project Manager, Chris Wojtowicz and bridge contractors, then given an up-close look at bridge segments staged for erection.  Finally, they were allowed to climb throughout the structure and gained access inside the lower belly of the recently completed bridge segment one. 

    The event was well attended by a diverse group of our engineering and construction community.  The tour ended with a social hour at a local pub where the group discussed the immense scale of the project and appreciated the rare insight into a structure that will be a significant fixture in Hampton Roads for the foreseeable future.  

    We hold Round Tables throughout the year.  If you have ideas for future events of interest for the Eastern Region, please contact Bob Burkholder at 757-455-5800 or Cassie White at 804-447-2057.