Raleigh - Two new bridges on Tar Heel Ferry Road over the Cape Fear River opened Wednesday afternoon near Tar Heel in Bladen County. They are part of an $11.8 million project that started in the spring of 2013.
With the new traffic pattern going in place, the old bridges will be demolished. They were built in 1955 and were considered functionally obsolete, meaning they were built to design standards that are out-of-date. One of the bridges was also listed as structurally deficient, which meant it was safe, but was requiring more extensive maintenance and needed to be replaced. It was also being struck by over-height vehicles, resulting in temporary closures and costly repairs.
The bridges were built beside the existing bridges, so no detour was needed during construction.
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