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Tropical Storm Andrea and a Beaver Dam Combine to Shut Down a Harnett County Road

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 County.

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.

NCDOT reminds 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 In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.



2/19/2018 7:50 AM