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Hathaway Bridge Repairs to Cause Lane Restrictions

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Starting next Monday, you can expect traffic delays over the Hathaway Bridge. The Florida Department of Transportation announced it will be reducing traffic to two lanes on the west bound span of the bridge. FDOT says they need to repair one of the bridge's joints.

"We had a pretty smooth transition to the eastbound span but we found out that the repairs that we have to do aren't as extensive." Spokesperson Ian Satter says.

In January 2012, crews removed and replaced the concrete holding one of the joints together and after conducting a study on the bridge, they realized further repairs were necessary.

"What we're going to do is the final repair on this next joint that should take care of that one. All of the rest of the joints we feel that we can do the work by sealing it with an apoxy injection." Satter says. 

The less invasive procedure will not force any lane closures, but this one will. About 1700 feet of the bridge will be restricted, once drivers pass the construction zone, the lanes will reopen.

Construction will be over by spring time, which means while the work is completed, be vigilant for workers and slow down, as speeding fines are doubled while you're in marked construction zones.

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The westbound span of the Hathaway Bridge (U.S. 98) in Bay County will be reduced to two lanes of traffic from the bridge approach and continue for approximately 1,700 feet to repair a joint on the bridge deck beginning Monday, Feb. 4. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed spring 2013.

Construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Drivers are reminded to pay attention to the speed limit when traveling through the construction area, and to use caution, especially at night when driving in work zones.

FDOT`s number one priority is safety, therefore the department will continue to monitor the bridge throughout the project.

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