PARKTON – The Green Springs Road bridge over Interstate 95 in Robeson County will close Monday, so contract workers can demolish it and replace it with a taller and longer span.
The current bridge, which has no access to I-95, needs to be replaced to make room for a ramp that will be built as part of the Fayetteville Outer Loop (Future I-295) and I-95 interchange under construction south of Fayetteville.
Additionally, the new span on Green Springs Road will be longer in anticipation of widening I-95 in the future.
Detours on Green Springs Road and I-95
While the road is closed, motorists using Green Springs Road will be detoured onto Council Road, Parkton Tobermory Road and U.S. 301.
In order to safely demolish the old structure, crews will have to close I-95 overnight in both directions from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. on these scheduled days:
- The southbound side will close first on Jan. 15-16. The project would continue on Jan. 18, if necessary.
- The northbound side will close tentatively on Jan. 20-21 for the same overnight period – but any bad weather next week could delay the northbound closure until the week of Jan. 27.
People should go to DriveNC.gov and search “I-95 route” for up-to-date closure information.
The I-95 South detour will be to take Exit 41, right onto N.C. 59, enter U.S. 301 South, and return to the interstate at Exit 33.
The I-95 North detour will be the reverse: Take Exit 33 onto U.S. 301 North to N.C. 59, and return to I-95 at Exit 41.
Revised completion schedule and future plans
The new Green Springs Road bridge will not have any access to I-95. Because of changes to the project after the bridge was demolished, the revised completion date is spring 2021, when the road is expected to reopen.
However, as soon as the new bridge is opened, crews will close the section of the same road between I-95 and U.S. 301 to the west to upgrade a culvert. This will be completed to improve drainage in the area. It will take crews about six months to build the new concrete-reinforced culvert and reopen Green Springs Road.
Even though the bridge and crossline pipe are only about 1,000 feet apart, the NCDOT must do one project at a time to maintain road access for affected residences.
The NCDOT in October chronicled a project in the same area where drivers on I-95 pass under a temporary bridge with a conveyor belt hauling dirt for the interchange construction.