The N.C. Department of Transportation
today closed a section of Liles Road north of Bailey in Nash County. The closure is necessary for crews to begin replacement of the bridge on Liles Road over Toisnot Swamp. The road will be closed until Aug. 30, weather permitting.Liles Road will be closed to through traffic between Southern Nash High Road and Old Smithfield Road with a signed detour in place. Traffic will take Southern Nash High Road, N.C. 97 and Old Smithfield Road to travel around the construction site. Local traffic will be able to access businesses and residences along Liles Road; however, they will not be able to travel past the construction site.A $570,102 contract was awarded earlier this month to Dellinger Inc. of Monroe for this project, which is part of NCDOT's $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which invests in preserving, repairing or replacing bridges statewide.The bridge, which was constructed in 1951, is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Because of the bridge's condition, NCDOT had also posted a weight limit on the bridge, restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 24 tons and trucks weighing more than 32 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards for width, shoulders and railings, and will not have a posted weight limit. 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.