Work to Begin Monday on Cornwallis Road Bridge Replacements - Lane closures may begin Monday, road closed late June/early July Friday, June 07, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin work Monday on the replacement of two bridges on Cornwallis Road in Johnston County, southwest of Clayton in the Cleveland community.

A $2.4 million contract was awarded in April to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson for the replacement of the bridge on Cornwallis Road over Swift Creek, as well as the bridge on Cornwallis Road over Mill Branch Creek. Both bridges can be seen on a map here.

Motorists should expect lane closures beginning as soon as Monday on Cornwallis Road at the location of the bridge over Swift Creek. The closures will enable crews to begin water and sewer line relocation in preparation for the replacement, as well as construct a turn-around for school buses. The work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete. Cornwallis Road at this location will be down to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic through the construction site. Lane closures will not be in place from 7 until 8:30 a.m., and from 4:30 until 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

In late June/early July, crews will close Cornwallis Road for the replacement of the 41-year-old bridge over Swift Creek. The closure is expected to take no more than four months, weather permitting. Through traffic on Cornwallis Road will use North Shiloh Road, Cleveland Road and N.C. 42 to travel around the closure.

Once the Swift Creek bridge is complete, work will begin on the Mill Branch Creek bridge. Cornwallis Road will also be closed for this replacement. Through traffic on Cornwallis Road will use Cleveland Road, Old Drug Store Road and South Shiloh Road to travel around the closure. Crews have 105 days to complete this replacement project.

Both bridges are classified as structurally deficient. This means that while the bridges remain safe, they require repairs and were built to design standards no longer used for bridges. The bridge over Mill Branch Creek, which was constructed in 1951, is also classified as functionally obsolete, which means that it is safe, but needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.

Because of their condition, NCDOT had posted a weight limit on each bridge. On the Swift Creek bridge, single-axle vehicles and trucks weighing more than 14 tons were restricted from using the bridge. On the Mill Branch Creek bridge, single axle vehicles weighing more than 20 tons and trucks weighing more than 26 tons were restricted from using the bridge. The new bridges will meet current design standards for width, shoulders and railings, and will not have posted weight limits.

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