RALEIGH - One of the oldest bridges in Wake County will be closed beginning Monday, December 12 at 9 a.m. as crews prepare to tear it down and replace it with a new bridge. The 73-year-old bridge over the Neuse River on Falls of Neuse Road is one of the 10 oldest state-maintained bridges in Wake County.
In October, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) awarded a $3.3 million contract to replace the bridge to Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte. At that time, it was announced the old bridge would be closed before the end of the year. The closure will allow the contractor to begin placing construction equipment and materials on the bridge approaches, with the actual demolition expected to start about mid-January.
That contract awarding came just a few days after the City of Raleigh opened a new four-lane bridge over the Neuse River on New Falls of Neuse Road. That bridge will serve as part of the detour route while the NCDOT project is under construction. NCDOT had originally planned to close the Falls of Neuse Road bridge in January 2011, but decided to wait until the city opened its bridge before moving ahead with the replacement project. Message board signs have already been put in place alerting motorists of the closing.
The detour will send northbound traffic onto New Falls of Neuse Road, over the new bridge, then north on Capital Boulevard, and west on N.C. 98 back to Falls of Neuse Road. Southbound traffic on Falls of Neuse Road will turn left on N.C. 98, right on Capital Boulevard and right on New Falls of Neuse Road.
The new bridge is scheduled to be open by June 1, 2013.