East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
ICW closure at Ben Sawyer Bridge Postponed till January, 2010:
Press Release from the Ben Sawyer Bridge Rehabilitation Project:
PCL Civil Constructors, the Ben Sawyer Bridge Rehabilitation Contractor, has decided to wait until January 2010 to close the Ben Sawyer Bridge and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
Due to the inclement weather experienced this week and the future weather system forecasted for this weekend, the contractor has had to postpone critical activities necessary to proceed with the full closure this weekend. Also, during today’s preparation activities, an unexpected issue arose with the jacking system associated with the approach spans currently constructed on-site that could potentially affect the rolling of these spans into their final location. The contractor is investigating the jacking system to further ensure that once the closure begins all risks will be minimized regarding the 236-hour closure.
The contract has a blackout period between December 18th and January 3rd, where closure of the bridge is prohibited.
SCDOT and the bridge contractor recognize the importance of the bridge for local vehicular and boat traffic. Rather than rushing to complete the closure before the holidays, the decision was made to be cautious and wait until after the holidays to begin the full closure.
A shift in the closure date to January is not expected to impact the contractor’s ability to meet the contract completion date of May 5, 2010. The contract has financial incentives and disincentives to complete the closure within 236 hours, but it does not require a specific time for the closure as long as it is prior to March 31, 2010.
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