Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation contractors have begun work to replace the bridge over Basal Creek on Bass Lake Road in Holly Springs in Wake County.
Crews closed Bass Lake Road in both directions near the bridge. Motorists will be able to access residences and businesses on either side of the construction area.
Motorists can follow a signed detour along Bass Lake Road, Sunset Lake Road and Holly Springs Road.
The current bridge was built in 1954 and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means while the bridge had remained safe, it had been in deteriorating condition and had weight limits set, which restricted the types of vehicles that could travel across it. The new bridge will be built to current design standards.
The bridge currently handles 6,540 vehicles per day. It's estimated by 2035 it will have 10,220 vehicles per day.
The project should be completed by October 20 and is part of the department's statewide bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
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