SEPI was responsible for construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for replacement of the temporary NC 12 bridge. The 800 foot temporary bridge is being replaced with a 2-mile bridge, due to NC 12 road-bed erosion during Hurricane Irene. This project will allow the inlet to expand during future events. NC 12 is the Strategic Highway route for local traffic, vacationers, and evacuations for the Outer Banks.
SEPI’s responsibilities include providing safe, efficient, and cost-effective inspection, materials sampling; materials testing; surveying grade verification; documentation of pay quantities; and claims avoidance services. We prioritized maintaining the consistency of standards, policies, and procedures throughout the project and served as an extension of NCDOT staff. We helped to ensure safe roadway conditions for the traveling public, maintained a separation between motorist and workers through closely regulating traffic control and lane restrictions, and met all permitting and local regulations.
Our team was tasked with coming up with creative solutions to address sensitive environmental issues associated with the proposed pile jetting, NC 12 Pea Island Wildlife Refuge Corridor, and nighttime construction, which required extensive coordination with regulatory agencies. SEPI provided a dedicated Safety Manager on the project, who implemented a strong safety program and ensured a safety-driven work environment.