Herbert C. Bonner Bridge. Photo by C. Leinbach

Press release
Work to start in early 2015

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded contracts for two maintenance projects on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, which carries N.C. 12 over the Oregon Inlet in Dare County. Work on each project will begin in early 2015. Additional information regarding the exact dates of the work will be available once schedules are finalized. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by mid- June 2015.

Concrete Repairs
A $331,250 contract was awarded to Precon Marine Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. for repairs to concrete along the underside of the bridge deck. This work involves removing loose or deteriorated concrete and replacing 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 this year.

Crutch Bent repairs
A $889,401 contract was awarded 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 into place.

The bridge will remain open to traffic during these projects with only a single lane closure in place. Both directions of traffic will be guided through the work site with either flagmen or automated traffic control measures.

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.

For real-time 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.

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