- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:29
- Written by Super User
Holiday events on Pleasure Island can generate a lot of traffic. Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Barley has been communicating with the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding the rehab project for Snow's Cut Bridge that has reduced lanes from four to two. Traffic congestion is expected to be complicated as people leave the Island following the parade on November 30th in downtown Carolina Beach.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley informed the Council Tuesday November 20, traffic will be an issue during the upcoming holiday parade Friday November 30th.
The ongoing project to rehabilitate the over 50 year old Snow's Cut Bridge leading on to Pleasure Island has reduced the number of lanes on the bridge from four to two.
Chief Bartley explained Tuesday, "I've spoke with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. They are trying to work on getting us a DOT sign to put at the base to send traffic down Dow Road" as an alternate route and, "I've asked the Sheriff's Department for three deputies and they are cooperative."
Bartley said, "I don't see a problem with the traffic coming in, it's more about when traffic is leaving." He said deputies would be positioned on either side of the bridge to, "Get traffic moving as fast as we can north bound."
Bartley said the contractor conducting the rehabilitation project for the bridge said they are likely to be finished sometime in March for the work taking place on top of the bridge and then will be working on items under the bridge freeing up traffic lanes.
The parade will begin Friday night November 30th, at 7:30PM in downtown Carolina Beach and is organized by the Island of Lights (www.islandoflights.org).
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 was 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.