Stretch of eastbound I140 closed for days as crews fix bridge

first_img The DOT says it anticipates the eastbound lanes to reopen later this week. First, equipment and materials must be delivered to the site, then repairs will be done and the interstate will reopen following a safety review.“The safest action we can take is to close the bridge and make the necessary repairs as quickly and safely as possible,” NCDOT Division 3 Engineer Karen Collette said in a news release. “A contractor and our bridge team have done a nice job of developing a solution that will serve drivers for years to come.”The DOT says the temporary closure provides an opportunity for bridge teams to assess additional locations on the bridge.Related Article: Driver in critical condition after rollover crashThe NCDOT says Saturday night an employee noticed an unusual bump on the bridge. An inspection today revealed a shift in sole plates between two of four girders, the agency said. The inspection also found that structural elements including the cap, columns and foundation are sound. The repair plan calls for shifting the sole plates back into place.Westbound lanes will remain open during the repairs. Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies block the eastbound entrance to I-140 at US 74/76 on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Facebook/Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The NC Department of Transportation says a a stretch of I-140 in Brunswick County will be closed until later this week as crews try to fix a bridge.Late Saturday night the DOT said it had closed a bridge on eastbound I-140 at the Cedar Hill Road exit to do the work, which means a detour for drivers. The DOT says the best alternative route requires drivers to take Exit 5 for US 74/76 East to US 421 North and then back to I-140 East.- Advertisement – last_img read more