Project to Replace U.S. 15-501 Bridge in Aberdeen is under way Friday, October 12, 2012

RALEIGH — 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The new bridge scheduled to be open by May 1, 2014.


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