Bridge Replacement on Raleigh Road in Johnston County to Start Thursday Monday, June 10, 2013

RALEIGH — Starting Thursday, June 13, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacement of a bridge on Raleigh Road over Stony Fork Creek between Four Oaks and Benson in Johnston County.

The bridge, which was built in 1951, is classified as functionally obsolete. This does not mean that the bridge is unsafe; however, it needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. A bridge is considered functionally obsolete if it is narrow, has inadequate under-clearances, has insufficient load-carrying capacity, is poorly aligned with the roadway, and can no longer adequately service today’s traffic.

Because of the condition of the bridge, NCDOT had posted a weight limit restricting single axle vehicles weighing more than 16 tons and trucks weighing more than 20 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.

The bridge will be closed until November with a detour in place. A map showing the bridge location and detour route can be found here. Through traffic will use Shade Tree Road, Federal Road and Woodall Dairy Road to travel around the closure. Local traffic will be able to access residences and businesses along Raleigh Road; however, they will not be able to travel past the construction site.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.  Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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