The Poindexter Street Bridge is a vital link between the Poindexter Corridor/South Norfolk area of Chesapeake, VA and the Berkley-Campostella section of Norfolk, VA, allowing traffic to pass over the busy Norfolk Southern railroad below. The new bridge and realignment of the roadway facilitates more efficient traffic flow and integrates multimodal transit and aesthetic improvements to the streetscape. Together, these changes are positively impacting the area’s economic growth as businesses report seeing a new level of activity and energy in the community.
The total project length is just under a half mile and includes a 494-foot steel plate girder bridge, 4-foot wide striped bike lanes, a 5-foot wide sidewalk, and an 8-foot wide multiuse path. A new mast arm traffic signal with pedestrian accommodations replaced an existing span-wire traffic signal at the Poindexter Street intersection. The new streetscape meets client goals for enhanced aesthetics with decorative pedestrian and roadway lighting, stamped brick crosswalks, gateway signage, and decorative traffic signal poles and bases.
The new bridge and realignment of the roadway facilitates more efficient traffic flow and integrates multimodal transit and aesthetic improvements to the streetscape.
A central goal for the project was to improve travel patterns for vehicles traveling to the interstate along 22nd (Poindexter) Street. A traffic study was critical to informing the final design solution and proposed a realignment just south of the existing bridge, which better aligned the western approach to the interstate with the intersection of Liberty and Poindexter Streets.
Clark Nexsen’s transportation team provided roadway design, bridge design, traffic engineering design, hydraulic design and stormwater management, and management of subconsultants for geotech and survey. Our team prepared plans and specifications for the bridge replacement, including demolition of the existing structure, coordination of the railway permitting, roadway improvements for tie-ins to the existing roadways, traffic analysis, traffic signal modifications, associated drainage improvements, and stormwater management facilities.
APWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Award, 2022
- 494′ long, 53′ wide continuous curved steel plate girder bridge with composite concrete deck and joints at the abutment
- Two conventional hammer head piers
- One straddle bent consisting of a 114′ long cross girder
- Wrap around MSE walls retain the fill at the abutments