Raleigh - Drivers using N.C. 561 will be getting a new bridge to use near Hollister in Halifax County. The Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.5 million contract to S. T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to replace a 79-year-old bridge over Little Fishing Creek.
The current bridge is considered functionally obsolete, as it was built using design standards, such as narrower lanes, that are no longer used.
Replacing older bridges across the state is a key part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina, which calls for transportation system improvements to better connect residents to jobs, education and recreation.
Work on the project is expected to start in October, with the new bridge open for traffic within 250 days of the start date.
While work is under way, drivers will have a signed detour in place, using N.C. 4 and Williams Road to get around the closure. Motorists are reminded to use caution near the work zone, and to pay attention to detour and speed limit signs. They should also anticipate needing more time to get through the area because of the detour.
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