NCDOT to Replace Bridge on Cardinal Road in Rockingham County Monday, March 05, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the Cardinal Road bridge over Little Beaver Island Creek in Rockingham County after a routine inspection revealed rusting of the I-beam steel supports under the bridge.

Further inspection of the bridge determined that the repairs necessary to reopen the roadway would cost an estimated $300,000 and take approximately 6 months to complete.

Since the bridge was scheduled to be replaced with a new bridge in 2015 at an estimated cost of $850,000, the department has decided to accelerate the replacement of this bridge in lieu of a costly short-term repair. The new bridge is expected to be open to traffic in June 2013.

“Safety is the department’s top priority,” said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills. “For that reason, we immediately closed the bridge and evaluated our options for reopening the bridge.  We determined that an accelerated replacement schedule would make the best use of the department’s resources and minimize the inconvenience to motorists in the area.”

Cardinal Road will remain closed to traffic during construction.  Motorists should use the following signed detour:
  • N.C. 704 to Island Drive to U.S. 311/West Academy Street to K-Fork Road
Citizens can get real-time travel information in several ways. They can call 511, the state’s toll free information line or visit the NCDOT website. NCDOT also offers travel information on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.
For more information, please contact Bridge Maintenance Engineer Jeremy Warren at (336) 375-5589.

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