Granville County Bridge to Close This Month for Replacement Project Monday, January 09, 2012

RALEIGH — A Granville County bridge over the Tar River on Gooch Mills Road west of Oxford will be permanently closed as early as Jan. 23 so a project to replace the bridge can get under way.

 The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $1.4 million contract to United Contractors LLC of Great Falls, S.C. last October to replace the 59-year-old bridge. It is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means its original design no longer meets current standards for width and  shoulders, and that there are elements of the bridge that have had to be monitored to maintain its structural integrity. It does NOT mean the bridge is unsafe.

It is expected to take about 7 1/2 months to build the new bridge, with the contractor planning to have the roadway open again by Labor Day weekend.

A detour route will be in place, using U.S. 158, Culbreth Road and Lewis Jones Road.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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