Motorists and pier users may be affected over the next few weeks while the Basnight Bridge and the Bonner Bridge Pier undergo federally mandated inspections.
North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday that starting March 6, there will be weekday daytime lane closures between a half-mile to a mile in length on the Basnight Bridge while the inspections take place. The lane closures will be marked by flaggers. Motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes.
Bonner Bridge Pier inspections will also begin March 6, but the pier itself will remain open to the public. Sections of the pier will be cordoned off by traffic cones to keep pedestrians from accessing areas where inspections are taking place. The pier may be closed for brief periods while platform trucks are moved on and off the structure, officials said.
All work is expected to be complete within three weeks.
The inspections are a part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inspection Standards, under which thorough inspections of bridge decks and support systems are required every two years.