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  • Work resumes on Reedy Point Bridge

  • Work on the Reedy Point Bridge resumed Monday and will continue throughout the Spring.
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  • Work on the Reedy Point Bridge resumed Monday and will continue throughout the Spring.
    On Feb. 25, inspection and construction activity resumed, necessitating the closure of one lane of traffic.
    Workers have begun preparing the bridge for sandblasting and painting. Painting will resume when the weather turns consistently warmer.
    The project, which was originally scheduled to be completed last year, involves steel repairs and painting. It includes work on the approach and main spans of the 44-year-old bridge.
    The cost of the project has increased from $7 million to $10 million.
    During the Spring, the bridge will be fully closed for two, one-week periods, for work to be done.
    The closure dates have not yet been determined.
    Corcon Construction, of Lowellville, OH., is performing the work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    The company has been carrying out concrete and steel repairs to welds, other deteriorated steel members and the wind linkage, as well as removal of lead paint and application of new corrosion protection.
    The Reedy Point Bridge crosses the east end of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal between Delaware City and Port Penn, Del.
    The last major repairs to the bridge were made in 1999 when $888,000 was spent on miscellaneous steel repairs.
    In 1995, $2.5 million was spent on anchor and deck span repairs and painting.
    The bridge was originally constructed in 1969.

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