A contractor for NCDOT has begun significant maintenance work on the underside of the Emerald Isle bridge, and crews have established a work base on the mainland side of the NC 58 bridge. This work is intended to extend the projected life of the bridge and will continue for the next several months, but is not expected to result in significant vehicle lane closures.
NCDOT's contractor will also be installing new guardrails on the bridge prior to the 2019 tourism season. The new guardrails will have a similar appearance as those on the Atlantic Beach - Morehead City bridge. The current concrete railings are approximately 28 inches high, and the new steel railings will extend an additional 26 inches, resulting in a total guard rail height of 54 inches. The photo below shows a simulated view with the new guard rails in place.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 9:06:00 AM