PANAMA CITY, FL- Supervisors say the Hathaway Bridge project is on schedule to meet the March deadline set by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Crews are repairing faulty bridge joints that were threatening the stability of the westbound span. The westbound lanes should re-open in a few weeks.
Crews have been working on the Hathaway Bridge since early January, and they are still on schedule to finish early next month.
"We're pretty much sure that we're going to open up as we predicted right before the beginning of the busy spring break season," F.D.O.T. Public Relations Director Ian Satter said. "We've had crews working around the clock, some days during weather and other situations where concrete needed to set there haven't been as many people here. We've had crew pretty much here around the clock both on top of the bridge and in it doing work on the bridge since we began in January. We're scheduled to open up in the first week of March."
The Florida Department of Transportation workers are repairing one of the joints on the bridge.
Satter said, "Joint 13 was showing some chipping. Basically what it was we had a pot hole problem on the bridge. Remove the old concrete and replace it with new concrete. With the bridge and with the structure the way it is it wasn't just a simple patch job. We had to close off the bridge to allow the worker's to remove the concrete and replace it with new concrete."
F.D.O.T. is using epoxy to seal cracks in other joints along the bridge, and they believe it should prevent future damage.
"We're hoping that those repairs will work for those joints, so we don't have any problems like this in the future," Satter added.
As as soon as the work is complete they plan to open both sides of the Hathaway. They'll monitor the repairs throughout the spring and summer.