Raleigh - N.C. Department of Transportation contractors will begin replacing a bridge in Hallsboro in Columbus County on Tuesday, July 5.
The project, which costs approximately $950,000, is part of a $11,602,044 contract to replace 16 bridges in Columbus County. As a result of the project, Sam Potts Highway (N.C. 214) from Pierce Road to School Road will be closed until early December, although local residents will be able to access their homes up to the actual bridge location.
The current bridge over Bogue Swamp was built in 1921, making it one of the oldest bridges in Columbus County.
This project is part of NCDOT's program to rehabilitate and replace bridges across the state. The budget signed by Governor McCrory last year provided more than $450 million over two years to improve the state's bridges.
A detour route will be in place as follows:
For motorists departing on the east side of the bridge, take Sam Potts Highway (N.C. 214) to Pierce Road, turn right to Giles Byrd Road, turn right to Hallsboro Road, then turn right to return to Sam Potts Highway.
For motorists departing on the west side of the bridge, take Sam Potts Highway (N.C. 214) to Hallsboro Road, turn left on Giles Byrd Road, then left on Pierce Road to Sam Potts Highway.
NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert when approaching the work zone, and to obey the posted speed limit.
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