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Why are crews jackhammering out recently laid concrete on the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge?

Ken Little
StarNews

cm2brg02.epsQ. A couple of weeks ago the construction crews poured all new concrete on the outbound lane of the of the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge. The week the crews are jackhammering out many different sections of the recently poured concrete. Why would they need to repair recently poured concrete?

A. Three areas on the bridge needed repair “due to unsatisfactory placement of the concrete,” said Wanda James, the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s assistant resident engineer on the bridge project.

“We are also jackhammering, chipping and cutting the expansion joints on the bridge so when the concrete expands and contracts it will not crack the new decks,” James said.

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