U.S. 13 is an important route for northeastern North Carolina, connecting this region to the rest of the state by way of U.S. 17 and U.S. 64. Starting next week, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will begin replacing an aging bridge on U.S. 13 in Bertie County, improving access for area residents to jobs, education and healthcare centers. On Monday, Nov. 4, weather permitting, the department will close a section of U.S. 13 north of Windsor so crews with Carolina Bridge Co. Inc. of Orangeburg, S.C. can replace the bridge over the Cashie River. The bridge, which was constructed in 1924, is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means that while the bridge remains safe, it requires repairs and was built to design standards no longer used for bridges. It needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.A $2.2 million contract was awarded in June for the project, which includes replacing the 24 foot-wide, two-lane bridge with a 36 foot-wide, two-lane bridge. The bridge will include two, 12 foot-wide lanes and six foot-wide shoulders on each side. The current bridge has two 12-foot-wide lanes and no shoulders.Traffic will use U.S. 13, School Road, N.C. 308 and the U.S. 13/U.S. 17 Bypass to travel around the construction site. The bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic by June 1, 2014. A map showing the location of the bridge can be found here.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.