THE GAP: Asphalt is underway and
pilings completed for Highway 12 repair ......WITH
Carolina Department of Transportation and its contractors continue
working on Highway 12 on Pea Island and north of Rodanthe, where
breaches were cut by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.
The temporary bridge that will span the New New Inlet on Pea Island has
reached the south side of the inlet, and work crews began laying
asphalt on the south side of the inlet to connect the bridge to the
portion of Highway 12 that was washed out in the storm.
At the Rodanthe breach area, crews continued the fine grading of the
road bed in preparation of asphalt paving of the southbound lanes at
the s-curves. The first layer of asphalt base for the northbound lane,
south of the s-curves, was completed. Yesterday 17 truckloads of
asphalt were delivered to the project. Crews began excavation near the
roadway to install additional sandbags at the s-curves.
At the temporary bridge location on Pea Island, crews finished driving
all of the piles needed for this project. The framework for the
concrete footings at bent 1 was put into place. An additional
feet of the bridge truss was assembled and the bridge was launched
another 90 feet to the south.
Temporary Bridge Facts:
driven out of 82 total piles. (Complete)
Bulkhead: 726 linear feet out of 726 total linear feet.
Footings: 8 footings poured out of 12 total footings.
511 linear feet out of 662 total linear feet.
Crews have made progress at both the Rodanthe breach area and the
temporary bridge location. However, there are still several tasks that
must be complete prior to the reopening of Highway 12.
These items are:
concrete for 4
accommodate the transition between road and bridge on the south end of
approximately 151 feet of bridge truss and launch the bridge truss to
the south end;
roller bearings and lower bridge onto permanent bearings;
86 anchor bolts for the permanent bearings;
for a smooth ride onto and off the bridge;
which are 900 pounds each, to prevent uplift of the bridge in a storm
install 610 steel deck panels to the truss floor beams to create the
the retaining walls at the ends of the bridge;
roadway approaches to the bridge.
the approaches and both sides of the bridge; and
asphalt on the deck panels.
the Pea Island
Bridge and Rodanthe
to shape the road bed for asphalt paving;
9,000 tons of asphalt;
82 sandbags at the south end of the S-curves;
sandbags were installed;
shoulder and reshape the dunes; and
traffic control devices, reflectors and place pavement markings.
NCDOT estimates that the roadway could be fully reopened sometime in
early October, depending on weather conditions between now and then.
Much of the remaining work is very weather dependent.
In an effort to keep residents and motorists informed about Highway 12,
NCDOT has launched an N.C. 12 recovery website
(www.ncdot.gov/travel/nc12recovery) and twitter feed, and a
see photos of the work, please visit NCDOT’s Flickr page.
the work on the temporary bridge at New, New Inlet and were taken from
the south side of the breach. Notice the remains of the old
Fish and Wildlife headquarters that fell into the inlet a few weeks
ago. Other photos were taken at the S-curves north of
and at Mirlo Beach. Notice in the video how long and wide New New Inlet
is, much longer and wider than Isabel Inlet in 2003 just north of
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