Bridge Preservation Work Begins on N.C. 211 in Southport Monday, September 30, 2013

RALEIGHN.C. Department of Transportation crews will begin a bridge preservation project Monday, Oct. 7, on a N.C. 211 bridge in Southport. The work will preserve the bridge deck and extend the lifespan of the bridge by 20 years.

During the project, northbound traffic will be shifted nightly from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. The southbound lane will be closed to traffic and motorists are encouraged to use a signed detour route consisting of N.C. 133 and N.C. 87 to avoid the closure.

The entire bridge preservation project is expected to take about 11 days and will be completed by Friday, Oct. 18.

“Bridge preservation projects are necessary to ensure the continued safety and viability of our transportation infrastructure," said NCDOT Division 3 Engineer Karen Fussell. “This type of work will allow us to protect and maintain the roadways that connect our communities.”
 
To rehabilitate and preserve the 41-year-old bridge, crews will remove the old bridge joints and replace them with new joint material.

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 $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible. In this instance, replacing the bridge is a more feasible investment.    

NCDOT urges motorists to use caution when traveling in the work zone.

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