RALEIGH - A new bridge on Cornwallis Road over Swift Creek in the Cleveland
community, southwest of Clayton, will open to traffic this evening, more than
three weeks ahead of schedule. The new bridge replaces a 41-year-old bridge that
had been considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Because
of its condition, NCDOT had posted a weight limit on the bridge that prevented
larger vehicles from using it. This new, efficient bridge meets current design
standards for width, shoulders and railings, and will not have a posted weight
The Swift Creek bridge had been closed since July 8, requiring drivers
to use a detour. The new bridge had not been expected to be open until late
this month or early November.
Crews will now begin work on the second part of a $2.4 million contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, the replacement
of a second bridge on Cornwallis Road over Mill Branch Creek. It is southwest
of the Swift Creek bridge and about three miles away. A map showing both bridge
locations can be found here.
The replacement of the Mill Branch Creek bridge starts
Monday, Oct. 7, when the bridge will close for demolition. The contractor then
has 105 days to open the new bridge on that site. The 62-year-old bridge was
also structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means it has
remained safe but was unable to properly handle the volume of traffic that now
travels along Cornwallis Road. It also had to have weight limit restrictions
that prevented larger vehicles from using it.
The closure means a detour will be in place, using Cleveland
Road, Old Drug Store Road and South Shiloh Road.
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