RALEIGH - On Wednesday, March 19, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Askew Road to replace the bridge over Pine Log Creek. The work is scheduled to be complete July 16, weather permitting.NCDOT is making strategic investments to repair and replace substandard bridges to provide better access across the state to fuel economic growth.
Askew Road will be closed to through traffic from Bruce Strickland Road to Chinquapin Road, east of Farmville. During construction, motorists should follow the posted detour of Bruce Strickland Road, Bell Arthur Road, Stantonsburg Road and Chinquapin Road to avoid the closure.
The bridge, constructed in 1970, is part of an $8.2 million contract awarded to S. T. Wooten Corporation to design and build 11 bridges in Pitt and Beaufort counties.
This project is part of the department's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges. The existing bridge is reaching the end of its life cycle and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as it will not be subject to the load restrictions of the current bridge.
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 www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT travel information on Twitter.