Work continues on 86-year-old bridges in Bladen


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Contributed photo Crews are hard at work along N.C. 211 on two bridge projects.


RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation continues to progress on a rehabilitation project for two bridges along N.C. 211 outside of Clarkton. The work, which began in late July, involves rehabilitating the bridge deck and painting girders.

The bridges over Brown Marsh Swamp and Elkton Swamp Creek were built in 1929 and were in need of restoration to make the routes safer and more effective for drivers. When crews began work on the bridges, they found they needed unexpected, necessary girder repairs that may extend the duration of the project. Bridge girders are steel beams used to support bridge decks where motorists drive. While continuing work to other areas of the project, engineers are studying the repair options and impacts. The project is tentatively scheduled to wrap up by the end of September.

This work is two of five bridge projects in an $850,000 contract with Lanford Brothers Co. of Roanoke, Va. It was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.

There is a signed detour associated with the project and motorists will notice traffic shifts as needed and can expect travel delays. Drivers are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

Contributed photo Crews are hard at work along N.C. 211 on two bridge projects.
http://bladenjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Bridge-work.jpegContributed photo Crews are hard at work along N.C. 211 on two bridge projects.

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