Flagging Operation to Guide Motorists
Wilmington - The N.C. Department of Transportation will intermittently close one lane in each direction on the U.S. 117 South Bridge in Rocky Point, weekdays, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. starting Thursday, May 19 and ending Wednesday, May 25. The closures are necessary for crews to replace expansion joints on the bridge.
Expansion joints allow for the expansion and contraction of bridges that normally occur during extremes in temperature. Old or outdated expansion joints may leak or fail, causing excessive wear to the underneath of the bridge structure.
This is part of NCDOT's program to rehabilitate and replace substandard bridges across the state. The 2016-2017 state budget signed by Governor Pat McCrory last year provided more than $450 million over two years to improve the state's bridges.
One lane will remain open to traffic at all times, but drivers are urged to seek alternate routes. Motorists are also 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.
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