Construction Underway on Cornwallis Road Bridge Over Swift Creek in Johnston County - Bridge over Mill Branch Creek to be replaced once Swift Creek bridge is complete Thursday, July 18, 2013

RALEIGH — Crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson and the N.C. Department of Transportation began constructing a new bridge today on Cornwallis Road over Swift Creek in the Cleveland community, southwest of Clayton. The new bridge replaces a 41 year-old bridge previously at this location in Johnston County.

The replacement of this bridge is part of a $2.4 million contract awarded in April that also includes replacing the bridge on Cornwallis Road over Mill Branch Creek, southwest of the Swift Creek bridge. A map showing both bridge locations can be found here.

The Swift Creek bridge site has been closed to traffic since July 8, with the new bridge scheduled to open to traffic in late October or early November. 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 replaced and open to traffic, work will then begin on the Mill Branch Creek bridge replacement. Cornwallis Road will not be closed in the area of the Mill Branch Creek bridge replacement until after the Swift Creek bridge replacement is complete. 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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