- Published on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 20:52
- Written by Super User
Crews working to rehabilitate Snow's Cut Bridge will adjust their schedule to return the bridge to four lanes throughout the busy summer season.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the contractor working on the Snow's Cut Bridge rehabilitation project met with Carolina Beach leaders Thursday February 28, and agreed to adjust the schedule to ensure all four lanes are open during the busy summer season.
Councilman Steve Shuttleworth and Interim Town Manager Bruce Shell met with NCDOT and the contractor - American Bridge Company - last week and agreed the contractor will finish resurfacing the two southbound lanes on the bridge by May 15 and return to work on the northbound lanes in September.
The bridge will still be restricted to two lanes during the busy Easter holiday weekend.
Shuttleworth commented last month the contractor encountered issues during the project which caused a delay.
Traffic on the bridge on Carolina Beach Road/U.S. 421 over the Intracoastal Waterway was reduced from four to two lanes in October to allow crews to perform extensive repair work.
The project to rehabilitate the 51-year-old bridge leading onto Pleasure Island began in September.
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 is being rehabilitated using a new resurfacing technique called hydro-demolition.
During this resurfacing process, the deteriorated concrete on the bridge deck is removed in part using high-pressure water, and the bridge will be resurfaced using high-strength concrete.
Crews began resurfacing the lanes on the west side of the bridge in late January causing traffic to slow at times.
Workers were slowing or stopping vehicles at times to avoid spray from the project blowing onto passing vehicles.
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. The process is designed to protect the road surface and bridge structure from the elements.
Even though the contractor will delay work on the two northbound lanes until the fall, work will continue underneath the bridge.
Boats traveling on the Intracoastal Waterway are reminded that an emergency zone has been established by the U.S. Coast Guard during the project. Check with the Coast Guard when planning your trip.