RALEIGH - Work is
scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 22, on a N.C.
Department of Transportation project to replace the bridge on Auburn
Knightdale Road over the Neuse River in southeast Wake County. The work is part
of an $8.1 million contract for seven new bridges in Wake County that was
awarded to S.T. Wooten of Wilson in May 2012.
The 50-year-old structure is considered structurally deficient and
functionally obsolete. That means while the bridge remains safe to use, it has
needed more constant repairs and should be replaced. And it was built to bridge
design standards that are no longer in use.
The closure is expected to last until November 2015. It will send the
3,200 motorists who use the bridge on an average day onto a signed detour route
using Battle Bridge, Rock Quarry, Barwell, Poole (which crosses the Neuse
River) and Grasshopper roads.
Drivers are urged to allow extra time for traveling through the area
and to pay attention to construction and detour signs.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow
NCDOT on Twitter. Another
option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly
version of the NCDOT website.