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All lanes open on I-95 south after weekend for pipe replacement project

'Drivers should expect heavy congestion'
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Posted at 10:40 AM, Aug 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-07 10:03:18-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- All lanes of I-95 south near Lombardy Street in Richmond are back open following alternating double lane closures for a pipe replacement project over the weekend, according to VDOT officials.

As a result, only one southbound lane was open while crews were working Saturday and for several hours early Sunday.

The project, which took place along the busy interstate about one mile from Arthur Ashe Boulevard, started at 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 and was scheduled to continue through 12 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8. However, work was completed around just after 5 a.m. Sunday.

"The repairs are required to replace a corrugated metal pipe that has collapsed under the interstate after many years of service," VDOT officials wrote. "The metal pipe will be replaced with a concrete pipe, which is designed to withstand traffic, wear and tear for an even longer period of time. This replacement will also help relieve recent flooding in the vicinity that occurs after heavy rainfall."

Officials said signs warned drivers will list alternate routes.

Those routes included I-295 and Route 288 to reach destinations south of Richmond and Brook Road/Chamberlayne Road (Route 1/Route 301) for local destinations, officials said.

"Drivers should expect heavy congestion and delays during the closures," officials said.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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