Bridges Being Replaced in Edgecombe County Friday, June 14, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation is replacing two bridges southeast of Rocky Mount with new bridges that will continue to provide safe, reliable transportation through Edgecombe County.

The following bridges were closed this week for replacement:
•    Bulluck School Road bridge over Parker Branch between N.C. 43 and G. W. Bulluck Elementary School. A $533,119 contract was awarded in April to Dellinger Inc. of Monroe for this project. The bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic by Aug. 23, 2013.

The bridge, which was built in 1961, is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This does not mean that the bridge is unsafe, rather that it requires repairs and was built to design standards no longer used for bridges. It also needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.

A signed detour is currently in place. Through traffic will use N.C. 43, Sampson Road, Nobles Mill Pond Road and Antioch Road to travel around the construction site. A map of the detour route can be found here.

•    Davistown-Mercer Road bridge over Cokey Swamp north of Pinetops. A $967,769 contract was awarded in April to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh for this project. The bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic by Oct. 11, 2013.

NCDOT had posted a weight limit on the bridge, which was built in 1957, restricting single axle vehicles weighing more than 24 tons and trucks weighing more than 30 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.

A signed detour is currently in place. Through traffic will use N.C. 43 and N.C. 11 to travel around the construction site. A map of the detour route can be found here.

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.

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