RALEIGH - At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Nov. 13, in
Rocky Mount, Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson and Board of Transportation
Member Gus Tulloss joined City of Rocky Mount Mayor David W. Combs and other
local leaders to officially open the bridge on Country Club Road over Stoney
Creek. Photos from Friday's ceremony can be found on NCDOT's Flickr Page.
"This is an incredibly exciting day for the City of Rocky
Mount," said NCDOT Board of Transportation Member Gus Tulloss. "Country Club
Road is a heavily used route in this community. Having this bridge open is like
Christmas coming early for the drivers of Rocky Mount."
Country Club Road south of Hunter Hill Road was closed in
February so crews could replace the two-lane, 40-year-old bridge over Stoney
Creek. The bridge was classified as functionally obsolete, meaning that it was
designed to standards no longer in use.
Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit
restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 39 tons and trucks weighing
more than 42 tons from using the bridge. The new, four-lane-wide bridge meets
current design standards and does not have posted weight limits.
Following Friday's ceremony, crews removed barricades,
allowing traffic on Country Club Road to now travel from Hunter Hill Road south
to U.S. 64 Business/Buck Leonard Blvd.
This bridge replacement is part of a larger project to widen
Country Club Road in Rocky Mount from U.S. 64 Business/Buck Leonard Boulevard
to Jeffreys Road.
"We worked with local contractors and were happy to be able
to include the community in the construction of this bridge," said
Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson. "We appreciate the hard work of
everyone involved with this project."
An $8.1 million contract was awarded to Barnhill Contracting
Co. of Tarboro in July 2014 for the widening and bridge replacement project.
The current two-lane road is being widened to four lanes in most locations,
with a center median along most of the project. The nor