End in sight to McDonald Church Road bridge project

Should be completed by April 17

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Six months, one resident felt, was long enough.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Hudson Paving, of Rockingham, is a subcontractor on the McDonald Church Road bridge replacement project.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Hudson Paving, of Rockingham, is a subcontractor on the McDonald Church Road bridge replacement project.

That was the original timeline provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding a bridge replacement project on McDonald Church Road, located off U.S. Route 1 north of Rockingham. Work began Oct. 27, 2014 and was to be completed by Feb. 23. The new bridge spans Chock Creek.

Then a revised complete date of March 7 was offered. Motorists, especially local residents, were looking forward to the “Road closed” signs being taken elsewhere.

As of Friday, those signs are still in place and work continues on the project. The $654,256.50 project was awarded to Monroe-based Dellinger. A project engineer told Ginny Inman, communications officer with the state DOT, that workers experienced unexpected difficulty on the project.

Inman spoke with The Pee Dee Post on Thursday.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Local residents will be happy to see the "Road closed" signs taken down and the new bridge opened for traffic.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Local residents will be happy to see the “Road closed” signs taken down and the new bridge opened for traffic.

“When the contract got into the work … they found asphalt subgrade was no good,” Inman said. “When they went in to replace the surged, they had to give it time to dry.”

The extra work helped to cause an 8.87 percent overrun on the project.

The project is on track to be completed by April 17.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The new bridge seems sturdy enough.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The new bridge seems sturdy enough.

 

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