Work Begins on Wendover Avenue Bridge Resurfacing Project in Guilford County Thursday, March 22, 2012

RALEIGH — Construction begins Monday on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to resurface the decks of seven bridges on Wendover Avenue in Guilford County.  A $2.2 million contract was awarded in January to Lanford Brothers Company Inc. of Roanoke, Va. for the project.

The Wendover Avenue bridge decks designated for resurfacing include:
  • The bridge across North Buffaloe Creek;
  • The bridge across Elm Street;
  • The bridge across the Southern Railroad;
  • The bridge over Yanceyville Street;
  • The bridge across Friendly Avenue;
  • The bridge across West Market Street; and
  • The bridge across Holden Road.
Crews will begin the project with work on the bridge over North Buffaloe Creek and move west until all bridges are complete. The work will occur each night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and is scheduled to be complete no later than Nov. 15.

Most of the bridges will remain open to traffic as their decks are resurfaced, with two lanes closed in each direction.  The bridge over Friendly Avenue will be closed to traffic during resurfacing and motorists will use a signed detour route.  In addition to lane closures on the bridges, the roads under these bridges may also be closed intermittently during the resurfacing project.

The project will be the first in Division 7 to utilize a resurfacing technique called hydro-demolition.  During this process, the top inch or two of the existing deteriorated concrete will be removed using traditional milling machines and the remaining half-inch will be removed using jets of high-pressured water.  Hydro-demolition is more precise than traditional demolition with a jackhammer and reduces the potential for damage to the bridge structures.  In addition, hydro-demolition is faster than traditional demolition methods, enabling the project to be completed sooner and the impact on traffic to be minimized.

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