- The N.C. Department of Transportation
will begin a bridge replacement project northeast of Staley in Chatham County on Monday, Nov. 10, through Friday, May 8, 2015, weather permitting. Crews will replace the bridge on Cooper Road over a prong of the Rocky River near the Chatham and Randolph County line. The current bridge is being replaced with a concrete culvert.Cooper Road will be closed to through traffic from approximately B. Teague Road to Albright Road. There will be no offsite detour due to the low volume of traffic; however, motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. Local traffic will be able to access the area up to the bridge site.The bridge was originally constructed in 1954 and has been deemed 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. The new bridge will meet current design standards.NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert, obey the posted speed limit, and use caution while traveling in the area. 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.