RALEIGH - The combination of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Andrea and a
beaver dam led to the partial collapse of Briggs Road in western Harnett
The area received more than five inches of rain in recent days,
causing a major storm flow into the culvert carrying Big Branch Creek under
Briggs Road. Unfortunately, the culvert was partially blocked by a beaver dam
so water backed up. The culvert eventually overloaded to the point that the
water surge took out a section of the road.
Emergency repairs are expected to begin next week, and should be
completed the first week of July. In the meantime, a three-mile signed detour is
in place telling motorists to use Cypress Church Road and Cypress Road to get
around the closure.
motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the
posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511
or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In
addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.