Wilmington - The U.S. 701 Bridge over Great Coharie Creek, south of Clinton, will be closed, starting Wednesday, July 13, at 8 a.m., to enable crews to make repairs to the beams. The bridge is expected to reopen July 27.
The bridge is safe for travel, however; weather and normal wear have eroded the beam seats that support the bridge girders. Crews will repair or replace the beam seats in order to ensure that the bridge will continue to support the traffic load.
NCDOT's bridge program targets structures that need rehabilitation or replacement across the state. Governor McCrory's budget for 2016 - 2017 increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.
During the closure, traffic will use Harrells Highway, Lisbon Bridge Road and Ingold Old U.S. 701 Highway for a detour.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays. NCDOT reminds drivers to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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