RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation this afternoon reopened the bridge on Bizzell Grove Church Road between Pine Level and Princeton to traffic.
Work began in May on the replacement of the 56 year-old bridge, which is part of a larger project to replace 12 bridges throughout Johnston County. This is the eighth bridge to be replaced in the project.
The original bridge was constructed in 1958 and was classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it had remained safe for use, but was in deteriorating condition and needed to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use. NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 24 tons and trucks weighing more than 31 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge meets current design standards and does not have posted weight limits.
In addition to the bridge on Bizzell Grove Church Road, NCDOT this evening will open the new bridge on Old Fairground Road in Johnston County, which completes a larger project to improve the intersection of Old Fairground Road and Massengill Pond Road.
NCDOT closed the intersection of Old Fairground Road and Massengill Pond Road southeast of Angier on Monday, Aug. 25, so crews could realign the intersection and reverse the traffic pattern from the previous alignment to improve mobility through the area.
Motorists using Massengill Pond Road previously had to stop at the intersection with Old Fairground Road, while traffic on Old Fairground Road had the right-of-way to go through the intersection without stopping. The change allows drivers on Massengill Pond Road to go through the intersection, while traffic heading south on Old Fairground Road will have to stop.
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