RALEIGH — Work is scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 30, on an N.C. Department of Transportation bridge replacement project on Chalybeate Springs Road in Harnett County.
Smith-Rowe, LLC of Mount Airy was awarded a $612,572 contract to replace the 44-year-old bridge over Neills Creek between Wells Lane and Crosslink Drive. In addition to a new bridge, the project also calls for improvements to the roadway on both sides of the bridge.
Chalybeate Springs Road is a main connector route between U.S. 401 in Fuquay-Varina and N.C. 55 in Angier, but the current timber-style structure is considered functionally obsolete. That means it was built to design standards no longer used and isn’t able to properly handle the current traffic volume. It is being replaced by a bridge made of steel-reinforced concrete supported by steel columns that will better handle the increase in traffic expected in the future. That in turn will help improve personal and commercial travel between the two communities.
The project should be completed within 120 days of the start of construction. With the road closed between Raleigh Street and Atkins Road except to local traffic, through traffic will be directed to use a signed detour of Raleigh Street, Rawls Church Road and Purfoy Road.
This project is part of the department’s State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state’s bridges. The department is investing $810 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible, although in this case it made more economic sense to replace the timber-style bridge with a modern structure.
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.