Opening of Slocum Creek bridge delayed again

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 02:38 PM.

“On the west side of the new bridge, we’re trying to get the subgrade dried out so we can get compaction to get our density so that we’re able to put our stone base on,” he said. “Once we do that, we’ll be able to pave it.”

An improper installation of concrete storm water drainage pipe also meant a delay, he said.

“We did a pipe inspection last week and found some damaged pipe from installation, so we’re going to have the contractor come back out and tear some of that pipe back out and replace it because if it’s not repaired now, then in the future there’s going to be a problem,” McMannen said. “That’s got to be repaired before we put in the asphalt and the curb and gutter.

“Most of the damage is on the ends where they put the pipes together. They’re cracked and kind of busted. Those will eventually get worse. Then whatever you’ve got on top will start cracking and getting damaged and then you’ve got an issue.”

As soon as possible, paving will begin, he said. Meanwhile, the Slocum Creek boat ramp remains closed.

“You’ll have asphalt from Tourist Center Drive all the way down across the bridge all the way to the old Wendy’s and then on to the Church road alignment,” McMannen said.

Also yet to be done is placement of 65 feet of guardrail on each side of the new bridge approaches, plus the curb, gutter and sidewalk.

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