CHARLOTTE -- The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin preservation work on 15 bridges in Charlotte beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, June 18, weather permitting.
The $5 million contract was awarded in April to HRI Bridge Company of State College, Pa. to perform work on 13 bridges along I-77 and two bridges on I-277. Crews will remove the decks and apply latex modified concrete overlay on 12 bridges. The remaining three will have epoxy overlay applied to the existing concrete decks, which helps keep corrosive materials from damaging reinforced steel in the structure.
The contractor will be restricted to night work on all bridges, and occasional lane closures, ramp closures, and off site detours may be required during the project. The completion date for the work is August 31, 2013.
The following bridges will be preserved along I-77:
- Nations Ford Road;
- N.C. 49 (South Tryon Street);
- Clanton Road;
- Remount Road;
- Fifth Street;
- Cindy Lane;
- Sunset Road;
- N.C. 24 (Harris Boulevard);
- Mount Holly-Huntersville Road;
- Gilead Road;
- Stumptown Road; and
- Sam Furr Road over I-77 North and South.
The following bridges will be preserved on I-277:
- Inner and Outer Loop of John Belk Freeway over I-77.
This type of project is a way to extend the life of a bridge, and is done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing the bridge. It is part of NCDOT's $430 million bridge plan for 2011-12, which calls for preservation, repair or replacement of 450 bridges statewide.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department's free travel information line, or get real-time travel information online. NCDOT also offers travel information for motorists and ferry passengers on Twitter. For more information on how to get travel information, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.
For more information, please call the bridge maintenance engineer at (704) 983-4400.