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I-95 construction could extend into November

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Taking apart an interstate bridge turned out to be a tougher job than VDOT expected.

"They're not really built to be taken apart and what we're trying to do here is kind of counter to what the bridges are made for and this bridge has given us a little bit of trouble," said Dawn Eischen.

You might have been stuck in traffic on I-95 this weekend while crews have been moving large sections of the pavement one piece at a time. Workers were surprised to find some old pieces of steel encased in decades of concrete and asphalt.

"It was not in the blueprints so when the workers got out there and started cutting through, they encountered this big piece of steel," said Eischen. "You have to have certain equipment to get through that so it did take much longer to pull the bridge apart."

Now workers may need a third weekend to finish the job. VDOT says it hoped to finish in two weekends, but scheduled a third weekend of work just in case.

"The last thing we want to do is to tell people something will be done and then have to extend it," said Eischen.  "So that's why we had that third weekend there, just to give us a little more room if something like this were to happen."

VDOT has been telling drivers to avoid I-95 around Laburnum Avenue this weekend with traffic down to one lane in each direction. The good news is all three lanes of traffic will be reopened Monday morning at 6 a.m. -- just in time for morning commuters.

VDOT says they'll have to wait until next weekend before knowing how long repairs will take.

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