RALEIGH — A section
of U.S. 1 Business in Cameron, Moore County, will be closed for two days next
week so a contractor can safely tear down the 61-year-old bridge that carries
N.C. 24/27 traffic over that highway. The N.C. Department
of Transportation awarded a $1.6 million contract to R.E. Burns & Sons
Co. of Statesville this past summer to build a new bridge at that location.
The contractor will use saws and jack hammers to break the bridge
apart, with a crane then lifting the pieces away. The demolition work is
scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, with the road re-opening by 7
a.m. on Wed., Oct. 16.
The road closure means U.S. 1 Business drivers will use N.C. 24/27,
Dalrymple Road and Doby Road as a detour during the two-day demolition. Motorists
on N.C. 24/27 will use already existing ramps for their detour while the new
bridge is being built.
The bridge being torn down is considered structurally deficient and
functionally obsolete. It has remained safe for travel, but required an
increasing amount of maintenance and needed to be replaced. It was also built
to design standards such as lane width that are no longer used.
The new bridge is scheduled to be open by late summer in 2014. Additional
planting and vegetation establishment can take up to another 180 days.
The replacement project is part of NCDOT’s state-funded Bridge
Improvement Program that has committed approximately $450 million for bridge