SHELBY -The project to replace the N.C. 268 bridge over U.S. 52 in Surry County remains on schedule to have traffic on the bridge by the end of 2014. As crews move toward completing the project, they'll begin setting bridge girders on northbound U.S. 52 on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
Setting the bridge girders, which are beams used as horizontal support, should take three days or less. The construction will be completed using rolling roadblocks.
TheN.C. Department of Transportationand contractor Smith-Rowe are working together to expedite the Pilot Mountain bridge project and complete it six months sooner than originally planned.
The bridge's interior bent, which is part of the bridge's substructure, was completed Aug. 18, more than two weeks ahead of the expedited schedule.
The estimated completion dates for remaining elements of the bridge include:
End bent No. 2 (Northbound) completed: Sept. 17
Span B (Northbound) girders set: Sept. 26
End bent No. 1 (Southbound) completed: Oct. 20
Span A (Southbound) girders set: Oct. 31
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