Lake Fisher Bridge Repair in Kannapolis Already Delayed - myfoxcarolinas.com

Lake Fisher Bridge Repair in Kannapolis Already Delayed

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Repairs have already been delayed on a bridge that had an emergency closure Monday after inspectors found severe decay in the bridge support. The NC DOT tells My Fox Carolinas the project over the Lake Fisher Bridge on Brantley Road in Kannapolis that was supposed to start Wednesday was delayed because the agency needs time to figure out a way to get its repair equipment in and still maintain a required clearance for some overhead power lines. Officials expect to start work next Monday.

The bridge was shut down this past Monday after a routine inspection found decay in one of the bridge's timber piles and corrosion in sections of the steel girders. A spokeswoman for the DOT says the bridge was built in the 1940's and inspections are done every other year. For more information on bridges throughout the state, click here.

Tristan Steele uses the bridge almost daily. He says the detour could cost him a little extra. Steele said, “Oh no, looks like we’ll be using a little more gas now.”

Mary Wagner lives near the bridge and uses it frequently to take her children places. Wagner said, “This whole time we’ve lived here I’ve thought, this bridge needs to be re-done. Something’s not right. It’s real choppy, the pavement or the concrete on it.”

She hopes the DOT’s repair plan is not a band-aid approach. Wagner said, “Whatever they’re going to do is it actually going to fix it and make it safe, or is it just a cover-up for right now until they get it ready to tear down and do again?”

The DOT doesn’t have an end date for the project. The original timetable had work wrapping up on or about August 8, but that date could be pushed back because of the delay.

 

 

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