THE GAPS: Pieces of temporary bridge arriving daily
Pieces of a
bridge for the largest breach on Highway 12 began arriving Thursday,
Sept. 8, as crews continued to make progress in repairing the rest of
the highway along Pea and Hatteras islands.
The bridge itself is a two-lane Mabey Universal Bridge manufactured by
Mabey Bridge Ltd. of Baltimore, Md. The modular design allows the
bridge to be put together quickly, allowing traffic to resume flowing,
while the strength and durability allow the bridge to remain in place
as long as necessary while the North Carolina Department of
Transportation devises a plan to permanently repair the damage to the
highway caused by Hurricane Irene.
Trucks carrying pieces of the bridge began leaving Baltimore on
Tuesday, Sept. 6, headed to Pea Island and started arriving Wednesday,
Sept. 7. In total 17 trucks have arrived at the site carrying pieces of
the bridge as of this morning.
Facts on the temporary bridge:
- Arriving in
truckloads and will be assembled on-site.
will span 662 feet.
- NCDOT will
75-foot piles to support the bridge top deck.
- Bridge is
- Bridge can
normal car and truck loads and widths, although the speed limit across
it will be reduced.
- NCDOT has a
bridge in place on U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem.
Repairs along Highway 12 are estimated to cost about $10 million and
will be paid for from Federal Emergency funds. The plan involves the
placement of a temporary, manufactured bridge across the largest
breach, which is located approximately 6 miles south of the Bonner
Bridge, on Pea Island. The remaining breaches are being filled in with
In an effort to keep residents and motorists informed about N.C. 12,
NCDOT has launched a website
and twitter feed. To see photos of the
please see NCDOT’s Flickr page.
This animated video illustrates how Mabey’s temporary bridge system
works. The bridge at New New Inlet will be a two-lane
Click here: http://www.mabeybridge.co.uk/movAnim.asp