Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a portion of Town Creek Road in Wilson County this week in order to replace a bridge.
The 76-year-old bridge, which is located near Elm City and crosses over Town Creek, is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It is safe, but its deteriorating condition required constant repairs. It was also built to design standards that are no longer in use, and had weight limits that restricted the type of vehicles that could be on the bridge.
The road will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Thursday morning. Drivers on Town Creek Road in either direction can use Bridgersville Road, Bottoms Dairy Road and East Langley Road as the signed detour.
The new bridge is expected completed and the road reopened to traffic by early December. Secondary vegetation work, which may include reforestation and planting, will be completed by June 2017.
The repair or replacement of aging bridges is an integral part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. Governor McCrory's budget for 2016-2017 increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.
The $796,500 contract for the project was awarded by the Board of Transportation to Sanford Contractors, Inc., of Sanford in July.
The contract was one of 17 road and bridge projects awarded by the state at a cost of $149.2 million, which was $1.3 million less than Transportation Department engineers' estimates. Contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders, as required by state law.