Traffic Alert: Nightly closures of the Lesner Bridge this week

The Lesner Bridge will be shut down nightly for construction work.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) --  There's going to be a big road closure heading into the week, and it's going result in a lengthy "scenic route" detour!

Virginia Beach Public Works will shut down the Lesner Bridge over the nights of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday between midnight and 4 a.m.  The closure is part of the ongoing construction project.

That means if you need to get around, you're going to have to take Independence Boulevard and North Great Neck Road down to Virginia Beach Boulevard, and go around.

That's about an extra 20 minutes added to most trips, so plan accordingly.

"We could probably use another way to get across town, but there's no other way," said Bob Howsare, a regular traveler over the Lesner Bridge. 

Crews say the drivers will see the impact starting at 9 p.m. That's when one lane will close. 

During the closure, crews will move a large crane-like machine to place sections in place for the new eastbound bridge. 

"It's necessary because the city doesn't want the contractor to be setting these large steel girders over the top of moving traffic," said Bennett. 

The bridge is still expected to be complete in February 2018, said Bennett. 

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