Renovation work on the N.C. 150 bridge, which crosses the northern end of Lake Norman, may take several more months, officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation told the Lake Norman Marine Commission at its Aug. 10 meeting in Mooresville.
According to Marine Commission Executive Director Ron Shoultz, work on the underside of the N.C. 150 bridge is nearly complete.
But work on the top side of the bridge has taken longer than N.C. DOT or general contractor American Bridge expected.
“They’re in the process of undeployment of everything that’s being done under the bridge,” Shoultz said. “They’re still doing some work on a couple of the spans, but they’re moving the barge to the span during the day, doing the work, then moving the barge back at night so they’re not permanently underneath the bridge.
“All the (paint) containment system stuff is down, and they’re going to start getting the containment buoys taken care of.
“The top part, it looks like they’re several more months from getting that done,” he said. “Underneath, everything’s looking good; on top, we’ve still got several months of heartache. There’s been a big push to try and get as much done as possible before school starts, but who knows?”
Work on the 50-year-old N.C. 150 bridge has been going on since last year, with an anticipated completion date of July 1. However, workers discovered more corrosion on the underside girders and support beams than state officials anticipated.
In addition, the top side of the bridge was to have been given a new road surface, comprised of “latex concrete,” which necessitated partial road closures during evenings and weekends. But N.C. DOT officials reported to the Marine Commission at its July meeting that in preparing the roadway for the new concrete, it revealed more wear and tear than anticipated.
Also, sections of the roadway had to be removed to allow access to the underlying steelwork, and temperatures that have been above 90 degrees for a good portion of the summer would not allow the pouring of the latex-concrete mixture until the late evening hours.
In other business:
▪ Marine commissioners presented Dave Caldwell, of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department’s water quality division, with an appreciation plaque for his work with the Marine Commission. Caldwell frequently updated the commission on the water quality of Lake Norman, Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius.
▪ Commissioners unanimously approved a rafting permit for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Lake Norman squadron to hold a social raftup at its base at Midway Marina on Aug. 22.
▪ The next meeting of the Marine Commission will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.
DAM2DAM charity ride Aug. 22
The fourth-annual DAM2DAM Jet Ski Charity Ride will be held Aug. 22 on the lake, with proceeds from the event going toward construction of the East Lincoln Rescue Park.
The charity ride, hosted by the Denver-Lake Norman Rotary Club, will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a breakfast provided by Bojangles’ for all participants at the Beatty’s Ford Park, with the ride officially launching at 8:15 a.m.
The charity ride will first head to the Cowan’s Ford Dam on the southern end of Lake Norman, then swing north and travel the entire length of the lake and part of the Catawba River to the Lookout Shoals Dam in Catawba County.
The ride will conclude with a pizza party provided by Village Inn Pizza for all participants near Governor’s Island, on the northern end of Lake Norman.
Riders in the DAM2DAM Jet Ski Charity Ride must register in advance online at www.mylkn.com/DAM2DAM. The entry fee is $35 per rider, with additional riders from the same family $25 each. Donations to the Rescue Park fund are also being accepted at the website.
Wake The Lake set for Sept. 19 at Stumpy Creek
The annual Wake The Lake wakeboarding competition, the longest-running on Lake Norman, will be held Sept. 19 at a new location on the lake.
This year’s Wake The Lake 2015 will be held at Stumpy Creek Park, a lakeside park just outside of Mooresville, after being held for years in the McCrary Creek cove.
The event, hosted by IcyWakes Surf Shop in Cornelius, is open to wakeboarders of all ages. The entry fee is $50 per participant. Prize packs will be awarded to the top three in each division except the Outlaw division, open to pro-level competitors, who will receive cash prizes.
For more information, visit www.wakethelakelkn.com or www.icywakessurfshop.com, or call 704-895-7873.
Kayakers to hold cancer fundraiser
The American Cancer Society will be the beneficiary of the inaugural Lake Norman Get Paddled fundraiser for kayakers Sept. 26.
The event is open to all kayakers with rigid or inflatable boats, both single- and double-rower, who will paddle one of three courses – 3-mile, 6-mile and 12-mile – on the lake.
To participate, all entrants must commit to raise a minimum of $100 for the American Cancer Society.
The Lake Norman Get Paddled fundraiser will stage at Kings Point Marina in Cornelius, with late registration and breakfast for all participants beginning at 7 a.m.
The kayakers will enter the water from Kings Point Marina’s docks at 8 a.m., with the event expected to be completed by mid-day. The event will conclude with dinner at the marina’s clubhouse, with trophies awarded to the top fundraisers on each course and raffle prizes also given away.
To register, donate or for more information, visit www.getpaddledkayakevent.com, or contact event chairman Chris Higgs at 704-892-3223.
Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: email@example.com.