RALEIGH – The
replacement of a 62-year-old bridge on Midway Road in Brunswick County begins
on Monday, Jan. 6, closing down the road between Gilbert Road and Lewis Loop
Road until late May.
To get motorists around the closure, a signed detour will be in place,
using Gilbert Road and U.S. 17 Business to get to and from Midway Road.
The project was initially scheduled to start last spring. But Midway
Road leads to a connection road for Oak Island and there were concerns about
the closure’s effect on summer tourism business and on the road serving as a
potential hurricane evacuation route. The N.C.
Department of Transportation and the contractor worked out a new
construction schedule so the closure isn’t in place during the summer or
The Midway Road bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally
obsolete. That means that it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating
condition and needs to be replaced. It was also built to design standards such
as lane width that are no longer in use.
The NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for signs with construction
information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
These projects are part of the department’s overall bridge
program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges to provide better
access and support economic growth. For more information about funding for
infrastructure improvements in North Carolina, as well as other NCDOT projects
and activities, visit www.ncdot.gov.