Repair crews are working to replace water main pipes, backfill dirt, and pour concrete. The bridge structure may impede progress.
The city of Port Orange plans to have Taylor Road reopened by Friday, Jan. 11, according to a city spokesperson.
Council members got an updated report on the progress of the project at the meeting on Dec. 18. Brad Blais, engineer with Mead Hunt, reported to council that county staff decided that a bridge engineer was needed before demolishing the approach slab at the bridge. The engineer was needed to ensure work could be done without affecting the integrity of the structure.
The bridge, which spans the canal, was built in 1964 with little information available about its structure. It was unknown how far down bridge pilings were or how much erosion from the water main break occurred. As work progresses on the bridge, new problems arise which affect repair, therefore, slowing progress.
A plan was developed that established repair work to be done in two phases. The first phase allowed the city’s engineer to remove the bridge debris and prepare for phase II.
Phase II would allow the city to implement backfill and lifts, redo the head wall, replace the water main and complete needed concrete. Crews hoped to have concrete poured before the New Year. If weather cooperates, the project should remain on track.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 25, P&S Paving removed 80 feet of 12-inch PVC water main pipe and began installing a new 12-inch ductile iron water main towards the bridge and began the fill-in process.
This story was updated at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, to correct the date of Taylor Road's reopening. A previous version of this story stated that the city aimed to reopen Taylor Road on Monday, Jan. 7. This was an estimation made by one of the engineers. The official date is Jan. 11.