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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The Virginia Department of Transportation apologized Tuesday afternoon for a massive traffic jam that formed on Interstate 95 in Richmond during the Tuesday morning rush hour.

“With or without rain, travel lanes are supposed to reopen by 6 a.m.,” said VDOT project manager Scott Fisher said in a press release. “We regret that many drivers were delayed as a result.”

VDOT said morning rain combined with issues moving a 120 ton pre-cast bridge section delayed morning bridge work scheduled to end at 6:00 a.m.

As a result work extended past 7:00 a.m. and forced drivers on both north and southbound Interstate 95 to merge into a single travel lane at Laburnum Avenue (mile marker 79).

VDOT said two remaining bridge sections will be replaced this week — one tonight and one tomorrow night. Expect delays.

VDOT suggested using I-295, the Downtown Expressway (toll) to I-195 or Route 288 to bypass the construction.

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Click here for more information about the I-95 Richmond Bridge Restorations project.