Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
March 4, 2009
KEEPING BRIDGES CLEAN MINIMIZES DAMAGE
LYNCHBURG - Remember during your last visit to the dentist when you were asked if you brushed and flossed regularly to avoid cavities? Were you reminded of the damage that could be caused if you allowed food, liquids and other agents to remain on the surface of your teeth for an extended period of time?
Well, think of the bridges on our highways as you would your teeth. The bridges are exposed to changes in temperatures and weather that create a variety of structural changes. In addition, each and every day of the year these structures are covered with tire rubber and other debris. The build up of these items increases significantly during the winter months when salt, sand and other chemicals are used to prevent the freezing of surfaces. When the first hint of spring hits the air, it’s time for an annual spring cleaning!
Burleigh Construction. of Concord, under contract to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin performing bridge deck and bridge seat cleaning in VDOT’s Lynchburg District in the immediate future.
Structures are cleaned each spring as part of VDOT’s Preventative Maintenance Program. Chemicals used during winter weather are removed to prevent their destructive action and other debris that has accumulated over the year is removed so as not to inhibit the proper function of bridge parts. This maintenance is a vital part of VDOT’s overall program to preserve the capital investment in the state’s bridge structures.
Numerous structures throughout the Lynchburg District -comprised of the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Nelson, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward - will be cleaned. Cleaning will also take place on major structures in the cities of Danville and Lynchburg.
Temporary lane closures and/or delays will occur during this work. Signs and other safety devices will be utilized to alert motorists to these operations.
Motorists should use caution when traveling through these or any work zones.
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