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I-295 Varina-Enon Bridge

Near Richmond, Virginia

Owner: Virginia Department of Transportation

Design / Construction Engineering and Inspection: FIGG

The Varina-Enon Bridge features the world's first use of precast concrete delta frames for construction of its 630' cable-stayed main span. This cost effective and innovative structure carries six lanes of I-295 over the James River. All seven bidders chose the precast concrete segmental design over the competing steel design, saving the Virginia Department of Transportation approximately $10 million over their project estimate. On August 6, 1993, the bridge withstood a direct tornado strike across the center of its main span without any damage, although the tornado overturned trucks traveling on the bridge.



Including the 1994 Award of Merit from the Federal Highway Administration
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