NCDOT Begins Bridge Rehabilitation Projects On and Over I-95 - Includes 13 bridges in Halifax, Nash and Northampton counties Wednesday, August 22, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun a series of rehabilitation projects on 13 bridges on and over Interstate 95 in northeastern North Carolina. Work began on bridges over the interstate earlier this week, and work will begin on bridges on I-95 starting in Nash County Sunday night at midnight, weather permitting.

A $2.9 million contract was awarded to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. in May for this project, which includes work on the following bridges:

Halifax County
  • Aurelian Springs Road over I-95
  • Heathsville Road over I-95
  • Ringwood Road over I-95
  • I-95 North over Fishing Creek near mile marker 152
  • I-95 South over Fishing Creek near mile marker 152
  • N.C. 561 over I-95
  • N.C. 903 over I-95
  • N.C. 481 over I-95

Nash County
  • I-95 North over Swift Creek near mile marker 146
  • I-95 South over Swift Creek near mile marker 146

Northampton County
  • Blythe Road over I-95
  • N.C. 48 over I-95
  • N.C. 46 over I-95

More than one bridge will be worked on at a time. Crews will take approximately two weeks to complete each bridge over I-95. Bridges on I-95 may take approximately a month each to finish. Construction on all bridges must be complete no later than 240 days after the start date.

Lane closures will be in place on I-95 while work is done on the bridges over Fishing Creek and Swift Creek. No work can take place on the bridges on I-95 from noon on Fridays until midnight Sunday nights.  The department does not anticipate closing I-95 at any time during the project; however, the contractor can close it if necessary between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Rehabilitation projects are a way to extend the life of a bridge, and are done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing a bridge. They are part of NCDOT’s $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repair or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.

The preservation work on these bridges will involve hydro-demolition, or the application of intense water pressure, to remove old concrete from the bridge deck. A new concrete or epoxy overlay will then be applied to the deck and the bridge will be restriped. Repairs will also be made to the structure of the bridge on N.C. 481 over I-95 in Halifax County.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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