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Bridge work on I-95 to continue throughout weekend

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Part of Interstate 95 in downtown Richmond is down to only one lane.

VDOT crews are working on the bridge above Overbrook Road. The project may make you want to avoid I-95 all weekend long - if not, you may be sitting in traffic for sometime.

Traffic is being squeezed into one lane in both directions on I-95 between Belvidere and Boulevard so crews can work on replacing part of an old bridge.

State troopers are heading out to make sure drivers are slowing down, staying alert, and distraction free.

Richmond drivers say they're just going to find another way around:

"I've been here all my life, so I know all the back roads and whatnot," said Inyah Hiwott. "For me, it's pretty easy, but for some people - like VCU students, people who aren't familiar about Richmond - are probably not convenient for them."

While crews work on replacing the southbound bridge, vehicles will have to share the north bound lanes, and they only get one lane each.

Two cranes on either side will lift each lane off the bridge, place it on a truck and haul it away. A new section will be brought in to fill the gap. Then, the process will be repeated for the other two lanes.

The bridge over Overbrook Road is one of 11 bridges VDOT is looking forward to replacing. This is a very old bridge, and VDOT says they've been working to replace this for a very long time.

Officials are hoping they'll all be replaced by next year. It's a multi-million dollar project that's been in the works for a long time.

Until it's done, driver's must be advised. The work should be complete by 6 a.m. Monday. But there'll be more work to be done - the northbound lanes have to be replaced. VDOT says that'll happen in two weeks.

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