Muddy Creek Road Bridge Expected to Open Next Week
RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Perry's Bridge Road north of Belvidere in Perquimans County starting Monday, Nov. 9, weather permitting.
The bridge is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it was built to design standards no longer in use, such as narrow lanes, inadequate under-clearances and insufficient load-carrying capacity. It is safe; however, requires significant maintenance to remain in service. Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting trucks and single-axle vehicles weighing more than 99 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits. Work is expected to take approximately 120 days.
The bridge will be closed to traffic during the replacement project with a detour in place. Motorists will use Hickory Cross Road, County Line Road and Belvidere Road/N.C. 37 to travel around the construction site.
This replacement is part of a $5.8 million contract awarded to McLean Contracting in 2013 for the replacement of six bridges in Perquimans County, as well as two bridges in Pasquotank County. To date, the following bridges have been replaced:
Burnt Mill Road in Perquimans County
Nixonton Road in Pasquotank County
Great Hope Church Road in Perquimans County
Dances Bay Road in Pasquotank County
Crews are currently wrapping up the replacement of the bridge on Muddy Creek Road over Muddy Creek in Perquimans County and expect it to open to traffic next week. Once this is open, and the Perry's Bridge Road replacement project is complete, crews will then replace bridges on Turnpike Road and Lake Road in Perquimans County.
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.