Traffic over the McDonald Bridge in Warwood will be restricted to the northbound lane for about the next month as workers replace the west end of the bridge deck, a West Virginia Division of Highways engineer said.
Officials with the WVDOH were at the construction site Monday, installing temporary signals that will regulate traffic through the northbound lane as a temporary concrete barrier separates vehicles from crews working in the southbound lanes. Traffic was being maintained by flaggers before the signals were installed.
WVDOH District 6 Assistant Engineer Gus Suwaid said work on the bridge replacement project began near the end of May and will continue until about mid-November.
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A welder works on a section of pipe at the site of the McDonald Bridge replacement project in Warwood.
Ohio-West Virginia Excavating of Powhatan Point was contracted to complete the job at a cost of $939,125.
The price tag has since increased by about $50,000 due to additional foundation work, Suwaid said.
Crews are currently working to replace the west end deck of the bridge, which carries W.Va. 2 over a creek that flows near North 23rd Street. Suwaid said existing support beams will be replaced with pre-stressed concrete beams.
The wing walls, which act as retaining walls, will be extended.
There has also been some work on the drainage system, Suwaid said.
After work on the west end deck is completed, traffic will be moved into the southbound lanes and work will commence on the east end bridge deck.
A section of North 23rd Street has been closed since June and is serving as an area to keep construction materials and vehicles.
Suwaid said that section of the street may be repaved upon the project's completion, if necessary.