RALEIGH — Starting Monday, Sept. 30, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close the bridge on Piney Woods Road over Burrus Canal in Hyde County. The closure is necessary for crews to replace the bridge just north of Lake Mattamuskeet. The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic by March 2014, weather permitting.
The bridge, which was constructed in 1963, is classified as structurally deficient. This means that while the bridge remains safe, it requires repairs and was built to design standards no longer used for bridges.
Because of the condition of the bridge, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single axle vehicles weighing more than 26 tons and trucks weighing more than 40 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.
During the closure, through traffic on Piney Woods Road will use N.C. 94 and Lake Road to travel around the construction site. A map of the bridge location and alternate 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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