Work will soon begin on a renovation project to repair and upgrade the N.C. 150 bridge that spans the northern end of Lake Norman.
A representative with primary contractor American Bridge informed the Lake Norman Marine Commission at its Aug. 11 meeting that final approval had been given for the project from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy, which manages the Catawba River chain.
Kevin Moynihan, project manager for American Bridge, said that the work would be performed in two phases, with Phase 1 beginning on the Catawba County side of the N.C. 150 bridge.
In previous meetings before the Marine Commission, officials had said the work on the bridge would involve grinding and repaving the road surface, and sandblasting, repairing and repainting the steel support structures underneath the bridge.
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The under-bridge work involves the most side preparation, with a collection system put in place to catch any debris before it falls into the water. A series of warning buoys surround the work area to warn off boaters, and boat traffic will be diverted to a narrow channel on the Iredell County side of the bridge.
Once work on the Catawba County side is completed, Moynihan said, the debris collection nets and warning buoys would be shifted to the Iredell County side of the bridge, and boat traffic would be diverted to the Catawba County side.
Moynihan told marine commissioners that under the current project contract, work would be performed five days a week on the bridge. However, he said that negotiations were underway between American Bridge and its subcontractors and the N.C. Department of Transportation to change that to a seven-day work schedule in order to complete the job in a shorter time frame.
Officials estimate the work will be done by the end of the year.
In other business before the Lake Norman Marine Commission:
• Sgt. Mark Faulkenberry of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s lake patrol division told marine commissioners that it had received FERC approval to build a new boathouse at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius, on the southern end of Lake Norman.
• Mark Lancaster, Iredell County’s representative on the Marine Commission, said the N.C. Wildlife Federation would hold its annual Oyster Festival fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Langtree at the Lake development on Lake Norman.
• The next meeting of the Marine Commission will be held 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville.
NCCSR fall youth classes
N.C. Community Sailing and Rowing will begin a series of youth sailing classes in early September at its facility in Blythe Landing on the southern end of Lake Norman.
Classes will be held in Opti Learn to Sail from 1-4 p.m. Sundays Sept. 7-Oct. 12, Skills Development 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 3-Oct. 8, Opti Intro to Racing 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 2-Oct. 9, and 420 Race Team coaching 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 2-Oct. 9.
The Learn to Sail and Skills Development classes cost $200 for each six-week program, while the Intro to Racing and Race Team coaching sessions are $300 for each six-week session.
Registration for each session can be done online at ncsailrow.org. For information, visit the website or call 704-947-7245.
Labor Day Regatta, SJ21 Eastern Nationals
The Lake Norman Yacht Club will play host to a pair of major sailboat races on Lake Norman the last week of August.
The Yacht Club will host the San Juan 21 Eastern Nationals on Aug. 29-Sept. 1, and its own annual Labor Day Regatta on Aug. 30-31.
The Eastern Nationals are open to just San Juan 21-class sailboats, while the Labor Day Regatta is open to sailboats of all classes, including juniors, centerboards and keelboats.
The entry fee for both regattas is $45 for US Sailing members and $50 for nonmembers up to race day.
For information, visit www.lnyc.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.