Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation is resuming highway resurfacing and improvements on two bridges along Interstate 95 in Lumberton over the CSX Railroad and Lumber River. Crews will begin work tonight at 9 p.m. Nighttime construction will continue through 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 30.
During the day, there will be no closures or detours associated with the project. Nighttime construction will help minimize impacts to motorists. The paving work will be completed with lane closures along I-95, and only one direction will be closed at a time.
The project involves roadway paving and bridge deck rehabilitation on the two bridges from mile marker 20 to 17. The bridgework, which will consist of new bridge decks and substructure bridge painting, will increase safety for motorists and increase the life span on the bridges.
Whenever the bridge work is underway, there will be a full nighttime closure of I-95 for the safety of motorists and the crews. There will not be any closures from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The signed detour will be heading south on I-95, take Exit 20, N.C. 211, to Pine Log Road, to N.C.72, back to I-95 at Exit 17. NCDOT will utilize overhead message boards and to give motorists advance warning of the time and dates of the full closure of the interstate.
I-95 is a major artery for transportation along the entire eastern seaboard. Built in 1955, the two bridges are considered functionally obsolete, which means they were designed using standards no longer in practice. Additionally, the resurfacing and new pavement markings will increase safety for motorists.
Work on the project began last fall and stopped in the winter due to seasonal limitations. The overall completion date for the project is September.
Barnhill Contracting of Rocky Mount is the contractor for the $6.8 million project, which was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for construction and detour signs, 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.
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.