RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will be closing the Watkins Road
bridge over Powell Creek in northeast Raleigh starting Monday, April 16 for a
bridge replacement project. Earlier this year, the NCDOT awarded an $802,370
contract to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville for the project.
The current bridge was built in
1951 and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. That
means it was built to lane width and other standards no longer used for
bridges, and although it is safe, the bridge has been requiring maintenance and
repair and eventually needed to be replaced.
The new bridge at that location
is expected to be completed by Sept. 12.
A detour will be in place during
the project. Traffic going from Old
Milburnie Road to Mitchell Mill Road can take Watkins Town Road, then Old
Watkins Road and Forestville Road. Motorists going from Mitchell Mill Road to
Old Milburnie Road can take Forestville Road, then Old Watkins Road and Watkins
Town Road. Detour signs will be posted in both directions. A map showing the
detour route is below.
motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the
posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511
or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel.
In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.