Raleigh – A North Carolina
Department of Transportation bridge preservation project on three structures
over I-95 near Dunn in Harnett County will continue to require periodic
closures of those bridges through Sept. 20.
The project involves the following bridges, with potential closures on
different dates from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Thursday:
- Long Branch Road (I-95, Exit 71)
- Pope Road (I-95, Exit 72)
- Jonesboro Road (I-95, Exit 75)
The initial work on the Pope Road bridge should wrap up next week, with
the project then shifting to Long Branch Road.
Message board signs will be in place in advance of the bridges scheduled
to be closed to alert motorists. There will also be message boards on I-95,
telling motorists planning to use the bridges once they exit the interstate to
go to the next exit, where they can get back on the highway in the opposite
direction to exit on the other side of the closure.
The contract for the project was awarded to Carolina Bridge Co. of Orangeburg,
S.C. Originally, the plan called for the replacement of girders and bearings on
the bridges, which are each 58 years old, then the resurfacing of the roadway.
However, the contractor found the bridge deck conditions were worse than
initially thought and it was determined the spans that are actually over I-95 on
each bridge will need to be removed and replaced.
The work under way now involves repairs to the bridge decks that approach
I-95, followed by the placement of an epoxy coating on the road surface to
preserve those sections. That will be
followed by the bridge span replacements, starting this fall. When that happens,
as each bridge is worked on, it will have to be closed for about two months.
Long Branch Road is expected to be the first span replacement location,
followed by Pope Road and then Jonesboro Road. The project is expected to wrap
up by the spring of 2014.
Even with these extensive repairs, the improvements and preservation work
will extend the life of the bridges at a much lower cost than replacing them.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the
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