Shoeheel Road Bridge in Johnston County to Close Next Week for Replacement - New Old Stage Road bridge anticipated to open by end of month Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RALEIGH — A series of 12 bridge replacements designed to improve Johnston County’s transportation infrastructure will continue next week as crews begin replacing the sixth bridge in the project.  

On Monday, Jan. 20, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of Shoeheel Road north of Selma so crews with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson can replace the bridge over Buffalo Creek closest to Browns Pond Road. The bridge is scheduled to reopen May 14, 2014, weather permitting.

The bridge, which was constructed in 1954, is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means it has remained safe for use, but is in deteriorating condition and needs to be replaced. The bridge was also built to design standards that are no longer in use.

Because of its condition, NCDOT posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than five tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.

Shoeheel Road will be closed to traffic with a signed detour in place. Through traffic will use Hatcher Road, N.C. 39 and Browns Pond Road to travel around the construction site. Local traffic will be able to use Shoeheel Road, but will not be able to cross the bridge.

This replacement is part of a $10.4 million express design-build contract awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson in 2013 to replace 12 bridges in Johnston County with new bridges by late 2015.
As part of this contract, bridges on N.C. 96, Juniper Church Road and Benson-Hardee Road have been replaced and are now open to traffic. The bridge on Eldridge Road is currently under construction, and the bridge on Old Stage Road is expected to be complete and reopen to traffic before the end of January, weather permitting.

Express design-build allows construction to go from zero to completion in just eight months for each bridge. This is more efficient than traditional design-build for less complex projects that do not require additional right of way. The design-build method allows the design, environmental permitting, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time, under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessen environmental impact and alleviate driving delays for motorists.
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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