An under-construction bridge on Sam Newell Road is expected to be open when classes begin at nearby Crown Point Elementary School Aug. 27.
Additional rock-blasting work to install a pipe put crews about a month behind on the Matthews bridge between Lakeview Circle and Hargett Road, but contractors are “accelerating work to get the road open” more than a month before its initial announced delay, according to a news release from the N.C. Department of Transportation.
During construction, crews could not continue installing a pipe without blasting through additional rock, and the department announced late last week the project wouldn’t be complete until the end of September. The work will now be finished under lane closures, the release said. Materials for the bridge deck were poured last week, and work has continued on nearby water and sewer lines, the release said.
Crews began work on the $1.5 million project in early April.
Partial closings could continue into next year, as landscaping work is planned through March 2013, department spokeswoman Jen Thompson said previously.
Built in 1945 over Irvin’s Creek, the bridge was deemed “structurally deficient and functionally obsolete,” according to a news release from the NCDOT. The state awarded the contract to
Blythe Construction of Charlotte to replace the bridge. When completed, the new bridge will have three lanes, with sidewalks on both sides. The project will be designed to accommodate a future town greenway, which will run underneath the bridge.
Traffic is being detoured from Sam Newell Road to East Independence Boulevard to Margaret Wallace Road, then back to Sam Newell Road. Lane closures or narrowing on Sam Newell Road between 7:30 and 9 a.m., and 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday are not allowed to accommodate traffic at Crown Point Elementary School.
For travel updates, call 5-1-1 or visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.