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Bridge Preservation timeline

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Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2018 12:00 pm

The construction project slated to perform rehabilitation of the Eaton Ferry Bridge, as well as perform causeway repairs, is scheduled to begin mid-July. The schedule continues through May 23, 2019. The contract has a few stipulations in regards to limitation of two-way traffic across the bridge; Through the Tuesday after Labor Day (9/4/2018), limitation to 2-way traffic can only occur Monday through Thursday, at any time, EXCEPT during the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. as well as from 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. That means that anytime outside those hours, limitation to two-way traffic can occur. That also means that no limitation in two-way traffic can occur from 5 a.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Sunday.

After Sept. 4, lane closures can occur at any time except during our general holiday schedule, which will overlap Thanksgiving and Christmas, New Years, and Easter. Traffic limitations will occur via a temporary automatic traffic signal or flagging operation on smaller closures. These closures, due to limitations stated within the contract, should not interfere with any planned events in regards to vehicular traffic.

Marine traffic will be affected by this project as well. At all times, the contractor is required to maintain at least two open bays for marine traffic underneath the bridge. This project includes concrete repairs on the bridge interior bents (concrete columns that go into the water). The contractor will be constructing a temporary structure/trestle underneath the bridge to allow for the workers to access underneath the bridge for repairs and painting to be done. This will be in place during a significant portion of the project. There will be clear delineation via buoys in the water to promote the path marine traffic is to maintain.

In regard to emergency vehicles, a separate meeting will be held with the local officials to discuss emergency vehicle access. The temporary automatic traffic signal is equipped to determine an emergency vehicle is in need of crossing the bridge. The signal can receive notification via a vehicle equipped signal or by the sound of the siren on the vehicle. Once a notification as been received, the signal should turn green to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. This will occur after the last oncoming vehicle has passed to prevent a collision from occurring. More detail will be available at the time of the meeting with emergency officials. Also, lane closures are not going to be continuous along the entire causeway/bridge structure. They will only occur where the work is being performed.

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