Correction: NCDOT Begins Bridge Rehabilitation Projects On and Over I-95 - Includes 13 bridges in Halifax, Nash and Northampton counties Friday, August 24, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun a series of rehabilitation projects on 13 bridges on and over Interstate 95 in Halifax, Nash and Northampton counties. Bridge work on I-95 in Nash County that was originally scheduled to start Sunday night has been delayed for at least two weeks while contractors set up detour routes along the interstate for truck traffic. Work will instead begin on the bridge on N.C. 48 over I-95 at Exit 180 in Northampton County and the bridge on N.C. 561 over I-95 at Exit 160 in Halifax County Sunday night at midnight, weather permitting.

Crews will work on one lane of each bridge, ending Friday, Aug. 31. Crews will then work on the other lane of each bridge beginning Monday, Sept. 10 and ending Friday, Sept. 14. Only one lane will be open on each bridge while work is taking place. One lane of I-95 will be closed at each bridge site when necessary while crews make repairs to the bridge deck.

Transportation Secretary Gene Conti awarded a $2.9 million contract in May to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. for this project, which also includes rehabilitation of 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. 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. 46 over I-95

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.

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.

Patchwork will also begin next week on the bridges on Heathsville Road and Ringwood Road over I-95 in Halifax County, and N.C. 46 and Blythe Road over I-95 in Northampton County.

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. Detour routes will not be in place; however, wider vehicles are encouraged to seek alternate routes. 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.

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

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