On Monday, May 5, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will close a section of Bizzell Grove Church Road between Pine Level and Princeton in Johnston County. The closure will allow crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to replace the bridge over Moccasin Creek. The bridge is scheduled to reopen August 17, weather permitting.The bridge was constructed in 1958 and is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use.Because of its condition, 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 will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. Bizzell Grove Church Road will be closed to traffic with a signed detour in place. Through traffic will use U.S. 70 Alternate, U.S. 70 and W.C. Braswell Road to travel around the construction site. Local traffic will be able to use Bizzell Grove Church Road, but will not be able to cross the bridge. As part of this contract, six bridges in Johnston County have been replaced, including bridges on N.C. 96, Juniper Church Road, Benson-Hardee Road, Old Stage Road, Eldridge Road and Shoeheel Road. A second bridge on Shoeheel Road under construction is expected to open in mid-July, weather permitting. Express design-build allows construction to go from zero to completion in just eight months for each bridge. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional right of way. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. 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.