Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Lake Road in Perquimans County near the Pasquotank County line at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 2, weather permitting. The closure between Swamp Road and Lowes Lane is necessary for crews with McLean Contracting Co. of Glen Burnie, MD to begin replace the 59-year-old bridge over Mill Creek. Work is expected to take approximately 120 days, with the new bridge open in early September.
The current bridge is considered structurally deficient, which means it is still safe for use, but has needed more constant repairs. It also has weight limits that restrict the type of vehicles that can use it. The new bridge will allow those vehicles, saving time for drivers who currently have to use an alternate route.
Local traffic will be able to access the roadway to near the construction site, but other drivers will be directed onto a detour using Swamp Road, 4 Mile Dessert Road and Lowes Lane to get around the closure.
NCDOT is coordinating with local emergency management on plans to ensure that emergency response and law enforcement will not be impeded during the road closure.
This replacement is part of a $5.8 million contract awarded to McLean Contracting in 2013 to replace six bridges in Perquimans County, as well as two in Pasquotank County.
To date, the following bridges have been replaced:
Burnt Mill Road in Perquimans County
Nixonton Road in Pasquotank County
Great Hope Church Road in Perquimans County
Dances Bay Road in Pasquotank County
Muddy Creek Road in Perquimans County
Turnpike Road In Perquimans County
The replacement of a bridge on Perry's Bridge Road in Perquimans County is expected to wrap up in mid-May, weather permitting. That leaves the Lake Road bridge as the final replacement on the contract.
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Road, bridge, and other 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.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.