The N.C. Department of Transportation
is preparing to close a section of Fork Creek Mill Road east of Seagrove in Randolph County starting next week for a bridge replacement project. On Monday, Oct. 13, crews will begin replacement of the bridge over Fork Creek between Bachelor Creek Road and Union Grove Church Road. NCDOT awarded a $899,198 contract to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville for the project. The bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in April 2015, weather permitting.The existing bridge was constructed in 1955 and is classified as 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 14 tons and trucks weighing more than 17 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. The project site will be closed to traffic during construction with a detour in place. Motorists will use Bachelor Creek Road, Osborn Mill Road and Pleasant Hill Road to travel around the construction site during the closure.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 the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on 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.