- Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:01
- Written by Super User
Click image for larger view: The Snow's Cut Bridge Rehabilitation Project has been ongoing since 2012. The project is scheduled for completion next month.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The project to rehabilitate Snow's Cut Bridge leading onto Pleasure Island is nearing completion and should be finished next month. According to Carolina Beach Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin, all the concrete has been poured on the bridge. The contractor believes they are on schedule to have work completed and all lanes open by March 14, 2014.
Wayne Currie - Resident Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation explained Tuesday February 11th, "As you can see, the concrete on last remaining spans on the deck has been completed! Now completion of joints between the spans is bulk of remaining work. The deck will then have to be either grooved or grinded to assure a smooth ride. There is some general touchup and cleanup throughout the project."
He explained, "Lastly, the bridge will have to restriped and traffic placed back into the original traffic pattern. Hopefully with a little cooperation from the weather everything will be completed by mid-March."
The bridge preservation project was estimated in December for completion in February of 2014 but that date was tentative due to the nature of the project and weather conditions.
Traffic on the bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway was reduced from four to two lanes in October 2012 to allow crews to perform extensive repair work. Prior to the busy 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Town of Carolina Beach expressed a concern the reduction of lanes would create a traffic nightmare during the busy tourism season.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Contractor performing the work agreed to complete work on the two southbound lanes and return in the fall of 2013 to work on the two northbound lanes. Work continued on the structure beneath the bridge throughout the summer. The contractor to resumed work on the roadway in October of 2013.
This project is part of the NCDOT State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible. In this instance, replacing the bridge is a more feasible investment.
The project to rehabilitate the 51-year-old bridge leading onto Pleasure Island began in September 2012.
North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced in June 2012, 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.