With the summer
season fast approaching, crews on the Bonner Bridge Replacement Project
are steadily surpassing project milestones as they work to span Oregon
Inlet, and arrive at a projected late 2018 completion date.
At the northern
construction area, the last of the project’s pilings have been driven
as crews focus on the installation of the remaining footings, columns,
and caps that will rise to meet the new navigation span. In the
navigation zone, crews are nearing completion of the two remaining
navigation spans. Upon the completion of these spans, crews will then
connect the northern half of the structure to the southern half.
As work on or above
the navigation zone is expected to progress through the middle of June,
mariners in the area are advised that periodic safety zone closures
lasting up to two hours of the existing marine navigation channel, and
the spans south of the main navigation channel, may necessary, pending
advance notice from the Coast Guard and the NCDOT.
At the southern end
of the project, crews have set the last of the bridge’s 180 foot long
southern girder spans – the longest in the state of North Carolina -
connecting the bridge’s navigation zone to the southern shore. As crews
continue to construct and pour the southern approach’s decking, they
are also working to wrap up work on the bridge’s southern ramp that
will connect the bridge to the N.C. Highway 12 roadway.
Further south on Pea
Island, after painting the final traffic lane markings, the Captain
Richard Etheridge Bridge has officially been completed, with all work
zones and traffic restrictions having been lifted in that area.
along the Bonner Bridge should expect daytime lane closures Monday
through Friday of N.C. Highway 12. One lane will remain open during
these closures, however motorists should allow extra travel time.
http://www.ncdot.gov/nc12 for more information on the Bonner Bridge
construction project, as well as updates on area traffic information.