LUMBERTON – A project to replace the West Second Street bridge in downtown Lumberton will start this fall.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the $6.8 million contract last month to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy.
The bridge over the Lumber River was built during the Great Depression. It is nearing the end of its lifespan and has aging components that require replacement.
The new bridge will be wider to include a center turn lane to accommodate the current roadway, which carries N.C. 41/72. The short detour will use West Fifth Street and North Water Street.
The contractor has until the summer of 2025 to complete the new bridge and reopen the road.