VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.(WAVY) - The Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach as we know it will soon change when a new one is built to replace it.
Phil Pullen, a transportation manager with the city's public works department told WAVY.com construction is set to begin in 2014.
"It is currently rated as 'poor' and being structurally deficient," Pullen said. "If we don't replace it we'll have to post it with weigh limit restrictions."
Frequent visitors of the area are aware of the bridge's deficiency.
"Now I've notices it. It is bad. Everything is rusting. You can see it," fisherman Ruben Manno said.
Pullen said the bridge's insufficiencies are due to its age, as well as the environment around it.
"[One span of] this bridge was built in 1958 and the other in 1967," Pullen said. "So with the ocean environment, it's just worn and repairs are becoming costly so its time to replace this bridge."
The current 35-foot bridge will be replaced with one 10 feet taller and wider to accommodate from four to six lanes, with a price tag of $100 million, $85 million of which is from the state and $15 million of which is from the city.
State police is conducting a criminal investigation after a vehicle crashing into a residence on the Eastern Shore.
David Karl Becker, a Navy SEAL, was arrested on four charges related to stealing and selling government-owned firearms and ammunition.
Newport News Police said they are looking for the person who drove into the wall of a car wash and stole a control box.
Virginia lawmakers and officials commented on the passing of Nelson Mandela Friday, December 5, 2013. Mandela was 95 years old.
The Chesapeake Police Department is seeking any information about these 10 wanted suspects. If you know anything, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Norfolk Fire & Rescue officials said a train went off its track Dec. 5, 2013 in the area of East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads.
HazMat crews have identified the material on a derailed train in Norfolk as cement. East Princess Anne and Ingleside roads have reopened to traffic.