RALEIGH —Alternating lane closures and traffic shifts on the N.C. 210 bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway near North Topsail Beach continue next week, as N.C. Department of Transportation crews perform bridge preservation work.
Nightly lane closures will continue from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. through the end of November. In addition, daytime lane closures will occur from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting.
The existing bridge was built in 1968, and maintenance and preservation are needed to keep the bridge in good condition. Crews are using high-powered jets of water to remove any deteriorated concrete. Once this hydro-demolition process is complete, crews will place a layer of latex-modified concrete on the bridge’s surface. This project will also involve repairs to the bridge’s concrete supports.
This project is part of the department’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $830 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible instead of just replacing bridges across the board. This approach enables NCDOT to extend the lifespan of existing bridges at a significant costs savings, stretching taxpayer dollars further and improving more bridges overall.
The $1.6 million contract was awarded to Lanford Brothers, Inc. of Roanoke, Va. in September 2012.
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