Drivers who headed home on Interstate 95 near The Boulevard were thankful the evening commute didn't have as many brake lights as the morning rush did. VDOT closed two lanes there after an issue with a metal plate used in the bridge repairs.
Free-flowing traffic over the Robin Hood Road bridge Wednesday afternoon was a welcome sight for drivers after more than two hours of a 3-4 mile backup in the heart of the morning rush hour.
"We don't want this to happen again because a lot of motorists were inconvenienced this morning," VDOT Spokesperson Dawn Eischen said.
Eischen explained the issue with the metal plates used to link the new portion of the overpass to the old section. They bridge a gap that will soon be filled with cement.
"We're thinking what may have happened is that some sort of vehicle, probably a tractor-trailer, hit the bridge plate and it shifted in such a way that it caused other vehicles to hit it in such a way they had damage to their vehicles," she added.
If the drivers of those damaged vehicles file claims by calling 1-800-FOR-Road, the contractor will be held responsible.
Now, contractors need to explain what went wrong and give VDOT a plan to prevent it from happening again. In fact, the agency won't allow crews to do this kind of work until then. Luckily, they finished this section last night and won't start on new bridges, which will use metal plate work, until after the first of the year.
"It may seem like this project has a lot of problems but you also have to keep in mind this is one of the most heavily traveled sections of road on the east coast," Eischen maintained. "So anything that happens on this project that causes a delay is going to get a lot of attention."
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