The official completion date of the $8 million Heide Trask
Drawbridge construction is scheduled for Monday, March 31, but the contractor
will be finishing punch-list items for the next two to three weeks.
Wanda James, assistant resident engineer for the North
Carolina Department of Transportation Burgaw office, said Friday, March 28,
that most of the major items by the contractor, American Bridge Company, are
“We’re still on schedule,” James said. “We have finished our
major items of work. We are still probably going to be doing punch-list items
for the next two or three weeks, but it should not interfere with traffic. If
it does, it will just be a minimal interference at this point in time.”
Any additional work can be scheduled during nights, she
“You probably won’t even know we’re out there,” James said. “The
contractor is demobilizing his trailer as we speak and taking all of his stuff
off the site except for what he needs to do his punch-list stuff.”
She said there may be a lane closure to tidy some of the
work, but she is not anticipating one right now.
A possible replacement of a bearing could require an
additional overnight lane closure. Resurfacing is planned for late May,
possible into early June, on both sides of the bridge. That work will be
completed at night.
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