RALEIGH — The bridge preservation work on N.C. 211, previously scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 24, has been postponed until Monday, July 8 due to Independence Day festivities in the city of Southport.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of the highway on the bridge over the Duke Energy Progress Discharge Canal.
Crews will close N.C. 211 between N.C. 87 and Dosher Cutoff SE each night from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning, beginning Monday, July 8. With favorable weather, the work is expected to be completed by Monday morning, July 15.
During the closures, motorists should use the following signed detour route:
- N.C. 133 (Dosher Cutoff SE) to N.C. 87 (River Road) back to N.C. 211 (N. Howe Street).
During preservation, a new sealant, called an epoxy overlay, will be applied to the bridge deck. The epoxy overlay process involves a thorough cleaning of the bridge deck. A liquid epoxy is then applied to the bridge deck to seal any cracks. Finally, stone is placed across the bridge deck to ensure excellent traction for vehicles. These enhancements will improve the ride quality for motorists, as well as help the 41-year-old bridge last longer by sealing and protecting the pavement from water damage.
NCDOT reminds motorists to use caution in the area, watch signs for construction information and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.
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