Starting Monday, March 3, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will close the bridge on Middle Swamp Road over Duke Swamp in Gates County. The closure is necessary for crews to replace the bridge west of the Great Dismal Swamp and south of the Virginia State line. The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in June 2014.Because of the condition of the bridge, which was constructed in 1958, NCDOT had posted a weight limit on the bridge, restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 18 tons and trucks weighing more than 26 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards for width, shoulders and railings, and will not have a posted weight limit. The bridge site on Middle Swamp Road will be closed during construction. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes 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 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.