Board of Commissioners Chairman Preston Hawkins said in an interview July 23 that the county public works crew is working overtime to complete the project but the bridge would not be ready by the first day of school, Aug. 5.
He is now hoping it will be ready for traffic by Sept. 1, but it will not open until the guardrails are in place.
The reason for the project’s delay is multifaceted. The rainy weather bears much of the responsibility, as does the fact that one of the county’s dump trucks had been out of commission for much of the project.
Hawkins said four dump trucks were hauling 10 loads of dirt a day to the site, and the fifth truck is now back in service. The pit that the dirt is hauled from is seven miles away, making each trip 14 miles.
The bridge was torn out June 2, and the contractor finished with the rebuilding of the concrete and steel structure July 15. The next step of filling in the dirt around the bridge is up to the county.
For the full story, pick up a copy of this week's newspaper or subscribe to our e-Edition at http://ee.jcnews.com.