VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A piece of broken concrete shut down two lanes of Interstate 264 East in Virginia Beach for hours Monday.
Ron Watrous with the Virginia Department of Transportation told WAVY News 10 the right two lanes just past London Bridge Boulevard were closed until at least 5:30 p.m. This was after “a metal form, or mold, for a joint between the concrete road and concrete bridge broke loose from its fastenings at approximately 2:45 p.m.,” he said.
Viewers sent pictures to WAVY News 10, showing large chunks of displaced concrete on the roadway near the London Bridge exit. VDOT traffic cameras showed extensive back ups, and Sgt. Michelle Anaya with Virginia State Police said debris in the roadway caused a two-vehicle crash with minor injuries.
Road crews fixed the problem and cleared the scene by 5:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Watrous said the contractor who fixed the problem will give VDOT a report on Wednesday, which should explain why the bolts securing the 2,000-pound steel form to the roadway broke.
“There were four, 3/4″, Grade-A steel bolts securing this form to the roadway. Professional contract structural engineers designed and approved the steel form, which is used to repair bridge approach joints. The contractor has used these joints and fastenings for three years without incident,” Watrous said.
VDOT is not installing any more of the same kind of steel bolts until it is figured out what went wrong Monday.