Wilmington - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Governor Moore Road, north of Clinton, starting Monday, April 25, at 8 a.m., for the replacement of the bridge over Beaverdam Swamp. The road is expected to reopen Aug. 18, 2016.
During construction, traffic will use take Governor Moore Road, King Road, Isaac Weeks Road and Pugh Road for a detour.
The bridge was built in 1951 and is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use.
The new bridge will have improved drainage to prevent standing water from ponding on the roadway and shoulders. It will also have an updated barrier rail wall, a guardrail system on all corners and fill material to prevent washouts and further maintenance issues that have arisen in the past.
This bridge is a part of a state-funded bridge replacement program. The existing bridge is reaching the end of its life cycle and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as it will not be subject to the load restrictions of the current bridge.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.