- Published on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 12:13
- Written by Super User
The four-lane Snow's Cut Bridge leading onto Pleasure Island has been reduced to one lane in each direction. At least any two of the lanes will be closed for four months during a bridge rehabilitation project.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Last week Snow's Cut Bridge was reduced from four lanes down to two in order to facilitate a bridge rehabilitation project. The lane reduction is expected to last four months.
The project to rehabilitate the 51-year-old bridge leading onto Pleasure Island began in September. One lane will remain open to traffic in each direction throughout the project, which is expected to last approximately four months.Cones and other traffic-control devices will be in place to direct motorists using the bridge. The lane closures will remain in place during the entire construction period.
North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced in June, NCDOT awarded a $4.6 million contract to American Bridge Co. of Coraopolis, Pa. to preserve the bridge over Snows Cut on U.S. 421 in Carolina Beach. The bridge was built in the 1960's and needs attention to areas weathered by the elements over the decades.
This bridge will be rehabilitated using a new resurfacing technique called hydro-demolition.
During this resurfacing process, the deteriorated concrete on the bridge deck will be removed in part using high-pressure water, and the bridge will be resurfaced using high-strength concrete.
Hydro-demolition is more precise than traditional pavement removal with a jackhammer, and it reduces the potential for damage to the bridge.
In addition, hydro-demolition is safer and faster than traditional demolition methods and minimizes the impact to traffic.
In addition to hydro-demolition, the contract also includes painting of structural steel and repairs to substructure concrete.
Motorists in the area are advised to use caution and drive slowly through the work zone.