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Closures on N.C. 903 Bridge in Duplin County Begin April 11

Damaged Pipe Culvert to be Replaced

Wilmington - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close all lanes on the N.C. 903 bridge over the N.E. Cape Fear River north of Kenansville, starting Monday, April 11. The closures, which will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day through Thursday, April 21, will allow crews to replace a pipe culvert, repair damaged pavement and restore deteriorated shoulders on the bridge.

A signed detour will guide motorists north on N.C. 111 to Outlaws Bridge Road and east back to N.C. 903. Southbound N.C. 903 drivers should take Outlaws Bridge west over to N.C. 111.

The pipe carries water beneath the highway but can no longer handle the massive amount of water flowing through the area. The pavement 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 these issues 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.

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.

For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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2/19/2018 7:49 AM