RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the bridge on N.C. 48 crossing the Roanoke River at the Halifax and Northampton County line at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4.
The closure will allow crews to make necessary repairs to the support structure of this vital bridge connecting the City of Roanoke Rapids and the Town of Gaston. The repairs cannot be made while traffic is using the bridge. To minimize impacts to traffic, crews are scheduled to complete the project and have the bridge open to traffic on Sunday, Oct. 5. Should work not be done by that time, the closure will be extended in to the week until repairs are complete.
Depending on how much work takes place during the weekend, there may be an additional lane closure on the bridge during the week of Oct. 6 -10. Should this occur, one lane of the bridge will remain open with a flag crew directing traffic through the lane closure.
NCDOT worked directly with the local community and businesses to determine the best weekend to do this work that would have as minimal of an impact to traffic as possible. During the closure, traffic will take a signed detour route including N.C. 48, N.C. 46, I-95, U.S. 158, and Julian Allsbrook Highway.
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.