WHEELING – After more than a year of two-tone Fort Henry Bridge, the east side of the structure finally matches the west side.
On Sunday, North Star Painting Company of Youngstown, Ohio, began removing the large containment tarps that covered the east side of the bridge as they finished sandblasting and painting on the remaining discolored green sections of the bridge. While the west side of the Fort Henry Bridge arch was painted a vivid royal blue tint last summer, the east side remained a faded green.
A few areas in the center of the bridge that need some final touch-ups, but crews are in the final stages of the project which began last summer on the west side of the structure as part of the I-70 bridge project underway in the Ohio County, according to Mike Witherow, a construction engineer for the West Virginia District Freeway Division.
Witherow said that with the removal of the large tarps, motorists can expect North Star crews to begin dismantling the massive rigging system on the bridge soon. Crews could be seen all day Monday loading numerous heavy containment tarpaulins into the backs of semi-trailers.
As the Fort Henry paint project enters the final stages, Witherow said DOH officials expect the eastbound section of I-70 at the Fulton Bridges to reopen within a week or both. next – almost a month ahead of schedule.
“We are still trying to finalize the plans”, said Witherow. “It’s still a bit of a moving target, but if everything works out, this (the Fulton Bridge eastbound) should open this week or next, then the Main Street exit (from the Fort Henry Bridge) will close. shortly after. “
The Fort Henry I-70 East exit ramp is scheduled for renovations as part of the I-70 bridge project. While Swank Construction has up to 120 days to complete the off-ramp renovations, Witherow said DOH officials are hopeful the work can be completed a little sooner than expected.