Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Will the barrier curb be on the bridge through the winter months?
Yes, The barrier curb will remain on the bridge through the winter months. Traffic will be moved to the southern portion of the bridge during the winter months in order to address the improvements and repairs on the northern side of the bridge.
Will there be any closures / traffic detours of the bridge?
No. Traffic will not be detoured from the bridge as part of this project. Barrier curb shall be installed across the bridge and the traffic lanes will be shifted to accommodate the roadway repairs and improvements. Generally, during high traffic times M-F (6:00-9:00 AM & 3:00-6:00 PM) the following number of lanes shall be maintained:
From September 7, 2017 to May 21, 2018:
Three (3) lanes of traffic will be maintained across the bridge
From May 22, 2018 to November 30, 2018
Four (4) lanes of traffic will be maintained across the bridge
During off peak hours the number of lanes may be reduced to accommodate repairs and improvements. Additional schedule updates can be found on this web site.
How long will there be barriers on the bridge?
The barriers should be removed by the end of November of 2018.
Will the sidewalk remain open during construction?
There will be periodic closures of the sidewalk. Multiple nighttime closures and an occasional extended closure are expected. The closures will be posted in the updates portion of the website.
When will the work be done?
The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2018.
We don’t always see a lot of work going on, why do you need to take several lanes of traffic?
Several of the project improvements and repairs will not allow through traffic to traverse through the work area, including the replacement of the expansion joints and deck repairs. The work requires opening up or removing sections of the concrete bridge deck. Given the sheer size of the bridge it is often difficult to see all the work that is going on. The contractor has been performing construction activities on a regular basis, Day, Night and Saturday shifts. There are also many activities occurring under the deck where they are not as visible as other activities.
We were told there are many steel and concrete repairs taking place on the bridge, is this normal?
Yes. The majority of the work occurring is standard maintenance work, to protect and extend the longevity of the bridge. As such, areas of the steel or concrete exhibiting signs of fatigue or wear are repaired or replaced, thereby extending the life of the bridge.