Wagman Heavy Civil Project

I-95 over the Meherrin River

  • Location

    Emporia, VA

  • Duration

    January 2016 - October 2019

The Meherrin River bridge replacement project is a $22M project for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to replace a pair of aged bridge structures on I-95 over the Meherrin River. The project is using a phased construction plan that allows VDOT to maintain two northbound and southbound lanes of traffic on I-95 throughout construction.

A multi-phased construction sequence required that the new 5-span southbound bridge structure be built next to the existing southbound bridge, followed by northbound traffic shifting onto the old southbound bridge. Demolition occurred of the existing northbound bridge and a new 5-span northbound bridge was built in its place. The final phase of the project calls for demolition on the existing southbound bridge.

Wagman’s Geotechnical Construction group had a significant role on the project and provided the installation of temporary support of excavation, pile driving and cofferdam construction.

Key Challenges & Project Details

  • Rising river levels due to heavy rainfall throughout the project duration was challenging. Wagman proactively monitored river level forecasts, giving crew members as much advanced notice as possible to move materials and equipment as necessary so they would not get damaged.
  • Wagman self-performed the installation of twelve 60” diameter drilled shaft caissons on the project.