RALEIGH — A N.C. Department of Transportation bridge replacement project gets
under way Monday, Feb. 25, on U.S. 74 in Scotland County. The Tara Group of
Lumberton Inc. was awarded a $1.7 million contract to put a new bridge over Gum
Swamp Creek, northwest of Laurinburg. It will become part of I-74 westbound
when the highway is upgraded to interstate status.
The new bridge replaces the 74-year-old
structure currently in place. It was built to bridge design standards no longer
in use and is considered functionally obsolete.
The project is expected to wrap up by
Sept. 15, 2014.
An on-site temporary detour and temporary
detour bridge will be constructed between the existing U.S. 74 bridges to
handle westbound traffic while the old bridge is removed and new bridge is
constructed. For safety reasons, the speed limit within the project work zone
will be reduced to 45 miles per hour during the construction period.
The project will result in the
permanent closure of access to U.S. 74 from Devon Drive.
NCDOT reminds 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.