Raleigh -Work is scheduled to begin Monday, September 21, on the replacement
of the 60-year-old bridge over Kenneth Branch on Wagstaff Road between
Bridlemine Drive and Cotton Brook Drive in Fuquay-Varina.
The work is part of an $8 million contract to replace seven bridges
in Wake County. Four of the new bridges are already done, while a new bridge on Auburn-Knightdale Road is
expected to open ahead of schedule by late November, and still to come is a new
bridge on Trailwood Drive.
The current Wagstaff Road bridge is
considered functionally obsolete, which means it was built to design standards no
longer used, such as narrower lanes than modern bridges. It also has weight
restrictions, which limits the types of vehicles that can use it. The new
bridge, which is expected to be open by mid-March 2016, will not have any
The project means a detour will be
in place starting on Monday, with motorists using U.S. 401 (South Main Street),
N.C. 42 (West Academy Street) and Piney Grove-Wilbon Road to get around the
Motorists are urged to use caution when in the area of the
project, and to follow construction warning and detour signs.