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Stoney Creek Bridge in Rocky Mount Opens to Traffic

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

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2/15/2018 5:21 PM