According to new signs posted along West State Road 56, work could begin next week on the bridge and its steel beam structure spanning Highland Creek and the CSX railroad tracks west of Salem.
Electronic signs have been placed along SR 56 and other orange construction signs and they note work will begin on or before May 13.
One half of the structure will be rehabilitated at a time—allowing traffic controlled by signals at either end of the bridge to continue crossing the structure.
E & B Paving is the state’s prime contractor for this $774,725 Seymour District bridge project located just east of S.R. 60 in Washington County. The project includes concrete patching, new pavement approaches and guardrail, bridge joint replacement, mud wall construction and installation of a 3/8-inch polymeric bridge deck overlay. The overlay itself will be done by a specialty contractor.
Phase I calls for S.R. 56 traffic to be shifted to a single lane on the north half of the bridge. It will cross one-direction-at-a-time. After approximately 45 days, the Phase II traffic pattern will shift motorists to two lanes on the south half of the bridge where a single lane will be open in each direction.
S.R. 56’s traffic count at this location is 10,430 vehicles per day.