Wednesday, March 14, 2012
SH 82 project enters new phase
Workers are preparing to rebuild the Alligator Bayou bridge just south of SH 73. The work means some important changes for motorists. Beginning in mid-April, workers will begin switching traffic on the bridge to allow sections to be rebuilt. Traffic will be reduced to one lane north and one lane south for approximately five months.
“This is a structure that must be replaced”, said Chris Caron, Beaumont Area Engineer. “It’s all about safety.”
This means morning and evening rush-hour traffic will be impacted. The Alligator Bayou bridge is a timber and concrete structure; the bridge deck is concrete while the piling is made of timber. Heavy traffic combined with age means a complete replacement.
Meanwhile, contract highway crews have removed the curbed median and are resurfacing the road with asphalt. Once resurfaced, workers will begin replacing the bridge. The bridge phase of the project will last about five months. When the bridge is completed, workers will put a final riding surface called Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) on the entire roadway. After the resurfacing phase is complete, crews will finish the project with new striping.
In the meantime, make sure to check out the slideshow above this posting. It shows some of the resurfacing efforts by APAC-TX, the project contractor.