Greenville - Starting on Monday, April 6, at 8 a.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of N.C. 304 in Bayboro, Pamlico County for the replacement of a bridge over the North Prong of Bay River. The road is expected to reopen by the end of December, 2015.
The bridge was built in 1954 and is classified as functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. It was also built to design standards that are no longer in use. The old bridge will be replaced by a concrete structure with one 60' span and one 50' span. It will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as it will not be subject to the load restrictions of the current bridge.
During construction, motorists can use 3rd Street and Water Street as a detour around the closure. Local traffic will be able to use N.C. 304 up to the project site, but will not be able to cross the bridge.
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.
A $2.1 million contract was awarded to S. T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson, for the construction. This project is part of the department's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
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