Crews are continuing to make progress on a series of 12 bridge replacements throughout Johnston County. Starting next week, work will begin on the fifth replacement in the project.On Monday, Oct. 28, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Eldridge Road in Johnston County so crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson can replace the bridge over Mill Creek, northwest of Newton Grove. The bridge is scheduled to reopen April 5, 2014, weather permitting.The bridge, which was constructed in 1971, is classified as structurally deficient. This means the bridge is safe, but it needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. Eldridge Road will be closed to through traffic between N.C. 50 and Barefoot Road with a signed detour in place. Through traffic will use Barefoot Road, Godwin Lake Road and N.C. 50 to travel around the construction site. Local traffic will be able to use Eldridge Road, but will not be able to cross the bridge. This replacement is part of a $10.4 million express design-build contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson earlier this year to replace 12 bridges in Johnston County with new bridges by late 2015. As part of this contract, bridges on N.C. 96, Juniper Church Road and Old Stage Road are currently under construction, and the bridge on Benson-Hardee Road has been replaced and is now open to traffic.Express design-build allows construction to go from zero to completion in just eight months for each bridge. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional right of way. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.