Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 8, 2014

Use caution: U.S. Route 460 bridge rehabilitation to continue into summer

BLUEFIELD — Traffic will remain limited on a U.S. Route 460 bridge until contractors finish rehabilitating its lanes this summer, a state Department of Highways official said Monday.

Work started approximately two weeks ago on the Route 460 bridge near the intersection with Route 19 to Bluefield. Crews are removing the top layers of the bridge’s pavement prior to repaving, said Tom Camden, supervisor of District 10 for the state Department of Highways.

“I think the technical term is a latex overlay,” Camden said. “They’re milling off the top two or three inches of concrete and replacing it.’

The crews are doing one eastbound and westbound lane at a time. Once those lanes have been milled and resurfaced, the other lanes will be closed so work can begin on them, he said.

“This is a contract job,” Camden said. “The contractors are Triton Construction. This will at least go on until early summer, maybe until July.”

The overall project cost is more than $1 million, he said.

Bridge decks get a lot of abuse from traffic, salt applied during the winter months, and snow plowing. Crews performed similar work on Interstate 77 bridges in Mercer County several years ago, he added.

“You can do patching, but this is the most effective way to restore the deck,” Camden said. “At least, the upper portion of it. We don’t go all the way down to the structural steel. This is just basically the top portion. Think of it as rehabilitation.”

The speed limit when approaching the Route 460 bridge is 40 mph. West Virginia State Police troopers have been on the site periodically to help enforce the speed limit.

“Everybody needs to be cautious,” Camden said. “You just need to be mindful, especially coming down the hill.”

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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