The N.C. Department of Transportation
will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17 to gather input on the proposed replacement of two bridges on I-95 in Johnston County over the Little River. The informal meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenly American Legion Building, located at 206 W. Second St. in Kenly. Interested citizens may drop by anytime during the meeting to view maps and discuss the project. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions about the project. Comments and suggestions received will be considered during the planning process. No formal presentation will be given.NCDOT proposes to replace the north and southbound bridges on I-95 over the Little River just south of Kenly and just north of exit 105 for Bagley Road. Both bridges were constructed in 1956 and are classified as functionally obsolete. The northbound bridge is also classified as structurally deficient. This does not mean the bridges are unsafe, but there are elements of the bridges that needed to be monitored to maintain their structural integrity. Both bridges would be replaced with structures wide enough to eventually accommodate up to four lanes of traffic in each direction upon future widening of the interstate. Until then, each bridge will carry two lanes of traffic. The merge lane from Bagley Road onto I-95 North that currently ends before the northbound bridge also will be extended beyond the bridge, providing safer merging conditions for traffic. Right-of-way acquisition is currently scheduled for 2014, with construction anticipated to begin in 2015.For more information on the meeting, contact NCDOT Project Development Engineer Matthew Potter at (919) 707-6036 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Potter as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.