Friday, August 3, 2012
SH 82 Project nears milestone
Building concrete forms in the middle of the August heat can make for a long and hard summer day. However, the work signals an important phase in the project to replace the bridge crossing Alligator Bayou on SH 82.
APAC-TX, the project contractor, is building some of the final sections of the part of the bridge that will handle northbound traffic. Once workers complete building forms, they will pour concrete and begin the process of building the bridge railing.
“Afterwards, when everything on the eastern section of the bridge is finished, traffic will be switched to the new section of the bridge,” said Chris Caron, Beaumont Area Engineer
That means workers will then begin rebuilding the portion of the bridge that handles southbound traffic. This past spring, crews narrowed traffic to one lane in each direction in order to build the bridge in two phases.
TxDOT and the contractor expect the bridge portion of the project to be completed by late fall.
The bridge work is part of an effort to rebuild SH 82 from SH 73 to SH 87. Once complete, workers will resurface the stretch of highway with Stone Matrix Asphalt, a tough and extra durable asphalt.