New Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach

OPENS AUGUST 31, 2018.
The Lesner Bridge replacement project is made up of two identical parallel precast segmental bridges that pass over the Lynnhaven Inlet of Chesapeake Bay on Shore Dr. (Hwy 60) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Each bridge has two lanes of vehicular traffic and a multi-use path way for pedestrians and cyclists. The bridge provides a 45 foot vertical clearance above mean high water and 225 foot horizontal clearance at the navigation channel. The complete bridge was open to traffic on August 31, 2018. The segmental bridge design was accomplished by FIGG.

The precast superstructure segments incorporate an integral wearing surface with a low permeability, high compressive strength concrete mix and the deck was post tensioned longitudinally and transversely. These provisions enhance the concrete decks resistance to chloride penetration given the coastal environment.

The project uses both span-by-span construction and uunidirectional cantilever construction methods to build the superstructure.

The project uses both span-by-span construction (150' spans) and uunidirectional cantilever construction (225’ span) methods to build the superstructure. The individual box girder segments are constructed at a local facility approximately 17 miles from the erection site. After the segments are created, they are delivered to the bridge site by either truck or barge, for assembly.

Superstructure erection was accomplished with a DEAL overhead erection truss. The system allowed superstructure erection to take place by transport of segments over the previously erected superstructure or to be hoisted into place from below.

Two casting cells were used to manufacture the 336 segments for the project. Each cell could cast typical segments with one cell being modified for specialty segments.

The new bridge reflects the community’s aesthetic preferences while achieving a low maintenance and efficient structure with openness, uniformity, and vision for the future.

Project Details


City of Virginia Beach




McLean Contracting Company, Inc.

Contractor Engineering Services:

McNary Bergeron & Associates

Constructability Review/Estimating Services:


Construction Engineering Inspection:


Owner's Engineer:


Precast Producer:

Atlantic Metrocast

Formwork for Precast Segments:


Erection Equipment:


Post-Tensioning Materials:



Scougal Rubber and R.J. Watson

Expansion Joints:

D.S. Brown Company

Epoxy Supplier:

Pilgrim Permacoat Inc.

Prepackaged Grout:

Euclid Chemical Company