June 28, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia highway officials say the restoration of 11 bridges on Interstate 95 in the Richmond area was completed three months early and $16 million under budget.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a major reason for the efficient completion of the project was the off-site construction of concrete components. Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Lindsey LeGrand says the sections were cast in a work yard in Hanover County and moved into place like puzzle pieces. The biggest piece of the puzzle was a bridge in Richmond that required 88 pre-cast bridge sections.
The project, which began in September 2010 and ended up costing $90 million, covered a seven-mile stretch of I-95 in Richmond and Henrico County that handles nearly 160,000 vehicles a day.
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