New Slocum Creek bridge could be completed by middle of May

Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 06:18 PM.

The 325-foot long, two-lane bridge will have a four-foot-wide bike and pedestrian lane and link the service road from just east of the Hampton Inn to just west of Tim Newton Auto Sales. The new bridge replaces a 1924-era concrete span along Church Road. Church Road will be permanently rerouted to meet with the service road east of the creek near the old Wendy’s restaurant.

The old bridge — the site of two fatal crashes in 2012, one of which occurred just four days before the bridge’s schedule closure in October — is scheduled to be demolished early next year.

As for construction of the new bridge, the pilings are vibrated halfway down into the creek’s bottom and then pounded down to the specified depth.

The new bridge is a core-slab construction, built in six spans that consist of five 50-foot sections and one 75-foot section stretching across the Slocum Creek channel. The core slabs are pre-cast and then trucked in to the site.

McMannen said workers have been removing mucky and unstable material and bringing in sandy material that will be suitable for the roadbed.

The new path for Church Road has been cut through the woods. Soon, a concrete box culvert will be installed and a new roadbed constructed using material taken from the old causeway leading to the old bridge.

The elevation will be returned to match the natural grade that exists on either side of the old causeway.

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