RALEIGH - A series of 12 bridge replacements designed to improve Johnston County's transportation infrastructure will continue next week as crews begin replacing the ninth bridge in the contract.
On Monday, July 25, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Old Beulah Road so crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson can replace the bridge over the Little River. The bridge is scheduled to reopen Jan. 23, 2015, weather permitting.
Traffic will be detoured onto Woodruff Road and Micro Road West during the closure.
The existing bridge is nearly 60 years old and NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 26 tons and tractor trailers weighing more than 32 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. NCDOT identified this bridge to be replaced as part of its State Funded Bridge Program, which focuses on improving the overall condition of bridges statewide through replacement, repair and preservation. More information about the program and North Carolina's bridges can be found here.
This project is part of a $10.4 million express design-build contract awarded to S.T. Wooten in 2013 to replace a total of 12 bridges in Johnston County with new bridges by late 2015. To date, eight bridges have been replaced and the bridge on Bizzell Grove Church Road is currently under construction and scheduled to open Aug. 20.
The Design-build approach allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. Express design-build is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional land acquisition, because it does not require a technical proposal. Contracts typically include a cluster of bridges to be replaced. Each bridge is designed, constructed and completed in about a year.
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.
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