New bridge to have better drainage
Wilmington - The Mount Gilead Church Road Bridge over Crane Creek, south of Clinton, will be closed until mid-December as workers construct a new and better bridge.
The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the roadway. In addition, the approach to the bridge will be reinforced to prevent washout and other maintenance issues.
The existing bridge was 63-years-old and considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means while it was still safe, it was in deteriorating condition and needed replaced. It also had weight limitation that restricted its use for larger vehicles, something the new bridge will not have.
The repair or replacement of aging bridges is an integral part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. Governor McCrory's budget for 2016-2017 increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.
Traffic is being detoured to Taylor's Bridge Highway, Moseley Avenue and West Mt. Gilead Church Road.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays. State officials remind motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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