ELIZABETHTOWN – Crews will soon begin restoring the concrete surface of the northbound U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown.
The bridge was built in 1986, and some of the concrete on the driving surface has begun to flake off as the result of age and weather.
ACC West Coast of Benicia, California, will remove a portion of the driving surface and replace the pavement with a more durable epoxy-type concrete that produces a smoother ride. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the $1.35 million contract in May.
“The deck will have a new topping, after we blast off the top inch,” said Terry Church, an assistant resident engineer for NCDOT’s Whiteville office. “We are extending the life of this bridge.”
At times, one of the two lanes on the bridge will be closed to traffic for the restoration. The project will be completed by early next year.
The southbound U.S. 701 bridge was built in 1957, and its deck was restored a few years ago.