If you travel across the Highway 127 bridge in Bethlehem on a regular basis, you might be wondering if the painting project will ever be completed. The short answer is yes but it’s going to be at least another month or so. According to a published report in the HICKORY DAILY RECORD, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is still hard at work on the heavily traveled bridge.
The process includes sandblasting and then applying new paint to the bridge
Earlier in the process, lanes were closed as the workers set up the containment and the support systems they would need in place in order to paint.
Going forward, there may be some delays and lane closures but these should not have much impact on rush hour traffic, Crane said.
Bridges require painting to minimize the effects of corrosion. Painting a bridge can extend its lifespan by 10 to 15 years, NC DOT Bridge Division Manager Steve Rackley said.
As inspectors notice rust on bridges, they can suggest setting up projects to paint in order to increase a bridge’s lifespan, Rackley said.