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UPDATE: Brantley Road Closure Will Last Longer as Crews Repair Bridge Over Lake Fisher

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The NC DOT says the road closure on Brantley Road over the Lake Fisher Bridge in Kannapolis will last longer than anticipated, and the bridge will not re-open Friday as first projected.

Repairs were delayed last month following an emergency closure on the bridge after inspectors found severe decay in the bridge support. The NC DOT told My Fox Carolinas the project was delayed because the agency needed time to figure out a way to get its repair equipment in and still maintain a required clearance for some overhead power lines.

According to the DOT, crews have since cleaned, cut and replaced beam ends since closing the bridge.

The bridge was shut down on July 14 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 said 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.

 

 

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