Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a
section of Joyner Bridge Road south of Four Oaks in Johnston County on Monday, Nov. 23, for the
replacement of the bridge over Mill Creek. The new bridge is expected to open
to traffic by late April 2016, weather permitting.
The bridge, which was constructed in 1975, is classified as
structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means that the bridge is
safe for use; however, it has required significant maintenance. It was also
built to design standards no longer in use.
Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit
restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 21 tons and trucks weighing
more than 26 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will be built by S.T.
Wooten Corp. of Wilson to modern design standards and will not have a posted
During the $1.16 million replacement project, through
traffic will use Shaws Pond Road, Devils Racetrack Road and Strickland
Crossroads Road to travel around the construction site. Local traffic will be able
to access Joyner Bridge Road, but will not be able to cross the replacement
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the
Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.