Repairs to Extend the Life of Both Bridges
Greenville - Intermittent lane closures will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 on the N.C. 55/U.S. 70 Bridge over the Trent River and the N.C. 55/U.S. 17 Bridge over the Neuse River in New Bern. The closures will allow crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation to replace expansion joints and lay down a protective coating on both bridges.
Lane closures are scheduled until June 15, with one lane being closed 24/7, and at least one lane remaining open in each direction.
Expansion joints allow for the expansion and contraction of bridges that normally occur during extremes in temperature. The protective coating consists of an epoxy that is sprayed on the bridge deck to prevent water from seeping into the concrete and making its way to the steel structure of the bridge. This helps preserve the bridge's condition, which will extend its useful life and reduce the amount of more expensive repairs needed down the road.
Although there will not be any detours for the construction work, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid work crews and possible congestion. Motorists are also 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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