8 miles of barrier on I-77 project lacks reinforcing steel
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Transportation officials in North Carolina say approximately eight miles (12 km) of a concrete barrier along Interstate 77 will have to be replaced because it contains no reinforcing steel.
WJZY-TV in Charlotte reports the N.C. Department of Transportation said the concrete barrier between exits 28 and 36 was built without the reinforcing steel which strengthens the wall.
The department said two construction engineering and inspection firms found the mistake. The department works with the firms to make sure construction meets its standards.
A NCDOT spokesman told the television station in an email that taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill for repairs. ke.
NCDOT said the affected section of wall must be replaced with concrete which contains steel reinforcement rods and follow department standards before travel lanes are opened.