Bonner Bridge down to one
lane for concrete repairs
Wednesday, Jan. 28, weather permitting, the North Carolina Department
of Transportation will close a section of one lane of the Herbert C.
Bonner Bridge on Highway 12 over the Oregon Inlet.
lane closure will enable crews with Precon Marine Inc. of Chesapeake,
Va. to begin repairs to the concrete along the underside of the bridge
deck. The project is expected to be complete by mid-June.
part of this $331,250 contract awarded in December 2014, crews will
remove loose or deteriorated concrete and replace it with shotcrete - a
form of concrete that is projected or “shot” onto a surface. These
repairs will be made at approximately 249 locations identified as
priority areas during the most recent regular two-year inspection of
the bridge in May of last year.
Placing the new concrete is
weather dependent. Temperatures must be at least 40 degrees for three
days once the concrete is in place. There are no temperature
restrictions for the removal of concrete.
bridge will remain open to traffic during this project. Lane closures
will be in place Monday through Friday during daylight hours through
mid-June. Portable traffic signals and/or flag crews will be used to
control traffic. The exact location of the lane closure will move as
crews make repairs along the bridge. No lane closures will be in place
during weekends, and should a hurricane or other severe storm be
forecast to the hit the area, crews will stop work and reopen the
entire bridge to traffic.
In addition to this
repair work, an $889,401 contract was awarded in December 2014 to
Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy for repairs to the steel crutch bents
currently in place from bent 108 through 114. These steel crutch bents
were installed in 1989 and after years of being exposed to the
elements, need to be replaced. Work will involve removing the upper
portion of each steel crutch bent from under the bridge deck to just
below the water surface. New steel crutch bents will then be bolted
This work is not temperature
dependent. However, it is wind and wave dependent. This work is
currently expected to begin in mid- to late February and is also
scheduled to be complete by mid-June. No additional lane closures will
be in place for this work.
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.
travel information at any time, visit the Travel section of the NCDOT
website, call 511,
or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Another option is NCDOT
Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.