Wilmington - The N.C. Department of Transportation will intermittently close one lane in each direction on the Ocean Isle Bridge on N.C. 904 over the Intracoastal Waterway in Brunswick County, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, March 15, and ending Friday, March 18. The closures will allow crews to repair concrete sections of the bridge. One lane will remain open for traffic at all times.
The bridge, which connects the town of Ocean Isle to the mainland, was found to have unsound concrete during its bi-annual inspection. The Federal Highway Administration requires all bridges to be inspected once every two years. This repair will remove the unsound concrete and replace it with new high-strength concrete.
All bridges go through a natural deterioration or aging process, although each bridge is unique in the way it ages. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair, then schedule them accordingly. If NCDOT inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made. If necessary, NCDOT will post weight restrictions on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe. For more information on bridge inspections, including definitions of terms and how inspections work, please visit the North Carolina Bridge Information web page.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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