Wilmington - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close all lanes on the N.C. 241 bridge over Limestone Creek north of Beulaville in Duplin County, starting Monday, March 21. The closures, which will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day through Thursday, March 31, will allow crews to repair damaged pavement and restore deteriorated shoulders on the bridge. The bridge is still safe for travel.
A signed detour will guide motorists north on N.C. 111 from Beulaville to N.C. 11 North toward Pink Hill in Lenoir County. Coming from Pink Hill, motorists will follow N.C. 11 south to N.C. 111, and continue south towards Beulaville. The damage was discovered during the bi-annual inspection of the bridge. Recent rain events caused issues with seepage, undermining the edge of the pavement and a portion of the shoulder area. Correcting this issue will ensure a longer life for the structure as well as preserve the pavement. The Federal Highway Administration requires all bridges to be inspected once every two years.
All bridges go through a natural deterioration or aging process, although each bridge is unique in the way it ages. Regular inspections help the department identify whether a bridge needs maintenance and repair, then schedule them accordingly. If NCDOT inspectors find a safety concern, the bridge will be repaired or closed immediately until the repairs can be made. If necessary, NCDOT will post weight restrictions on a bridge. The department will not keep a bridge open if it is determined to be unsafe. For more information on bridge inspections, including definitions of terms and how inspections work, please visit the North Carolina Bridge Information web page.
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