Work is under way on an $8.5 million N.C. Department of Transportation project
to replace a 65-year-old bridge on U.S. 15-501 over CSX Railroad tracks in
Aberdeen. The contract was awarded to Sanford Contractors Inc. in August.
bridge is considered functionally obsolete, which means it was not built to
current design standards and is unable to properly handle the volume of traffic
now using the road. Since the new bridge will be in a slightly different
location than the current one, motorists will be able to still use the old
bridge until the new one is ready, so no detour is needed.
project also calls for the realignment of the U.S. 15/501 intersection with
U.S. 1. Currently, bridge traffic curves to the right and merges into U.S. 1
northbound. Motorists northbound on U.S. 1 have to make a sharp right-hand turn
to go toward the bridge. The new alignment will create a 90-degree intersection
for motorists on both highways.
new bridge scheduled to be open by May 1, 2014.
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