HURRICANE MATTHEW UPDATES

Friday, September 9, 2011

From North Carolina Dept. of Transportation
BRIDGE PIECES FOR N.C. 12 ARRIVING DAILY

Pieces of a temporary bridge for the largest breach on N.C. 12 began arriving Wednesday as crews continued to make great progress in repairing the rest of the highway along Pea and Hatteras islands.

The bridge itself is a two-lane Mabey Universal Bridge manufactured by Mabey Bridge Ltd. of Baltimore, Md. The modular design allows the bridge to be put together quickly, allowing traffic to resume flowing, while the strength and durability allow the bridge to remain in place as long as necessary while NCDOT devises a plan to permanently repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irene to N.C. 12.

Trucks carrying pieces of the bridge began leaving Baltimore Tuesday, Sept. 6 headed to Pea Island. In total 17 trucks have arrived to the site carrying pieces of the bridge as of this morning.

Facts on the temporary bridge:

• Manufactured by Mabey Bridge.
• Estimated cost is $2.6 million.
• Arriving in 30 truckloads and be assembled on-site.
• Once assembled, it will span 662 feet.
• NCDOT will drive 75 foot piles to support the bridge top deck.
• Bridge is made of metal.
• Bridge can support normal car and truck loads and widths, although the speed limit across it will be reduced.
• NCDOT has a similar bridge in place on U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem.

Repairs along N.C. 12 are estimated to cost about $10 million and will be paid for from Federal Emergency funds. The plan involves the placement of a temporary, manufactured bridge across the largest breach, which is located approximately 6 miles south of the Bonner Bridge, on Pea Island. The remaining breaches are being filled in with sand.\

In an effort to keep residents and motorists informed about N.C. 12, NCDOT has launched a website and Twitter feed. To see photos of the bridge work, please see NCDOT’s Flickr page.


From Dare County Emergency Management Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Resumes Friday Night

Beginning 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, September 9, Dare County will resume the aerial spraying program to reduce the number of mosquitoes resulting from flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

The spraying, which started on Thursday, September 8, had to be suspended after approximately two hours due to unsuitable weather conditions for spraying. Tonight’s spraying is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m., weather permitting, and is expected to continue until the early morning hours of Saturday, September 10.

The aerial spray operation is being conducted in response to surveillance findings that indicate greatly increased mosquito populations and also due to the limited road accessibility in portions of the County. The operation will encompass 50,000 acres within Dare County using the pesticide Dibrom® applied at the rate of 0.75 fluid ounces per acre.

Although a person's chances of experiencing any health effects from spraying are very low, the Dare County Department of Public Health offers the following steps to reduce exposure to pesticides during spraying:

Remain indoors when pesticides are sprayed in your immediate area.
Close windows and doors before spraying begins.
Wash homegrown fruits and vegetables before eating.
Should you feel you are experiencing health effects from spraying, please consult your doctor.

For more information, please contact Dare County Department of Public Health at 252-475-5003 or Dare County Public Works at 252-475-5880.

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