Raleigh - Work is under way on a new bridge project in Richmond County. It will replace the 55-year-old bridge over Middle Prong Hammer Creek on Davis Haywood Road, south of Mount Gilead.
Smith-Rowe, Inc. of Mount Airy was awarded the contract. It is expected to have the new bridge open within 120 days of the start, which would be late June. Additional vegetation establishment can take place past that completion date.
The bridge being replaced was considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That meant while it was safe for use, it was in deteriorating condition and needed to be replaced by a bridge built to modern standards. The old bridge also had weight restrictions that limited the types of vehicles that could use it, which won't be the case when the new bridge opens.
The road closure means a signed detour is in place, using Grassy Island Road, N.C. 109, Haithcock Road and Harris Road. Drivers should allow extra time to get to their destinations because of the detour.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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