***UPDATE: Due to a contractor's scheduling issue, Stafford Mill Road is now scheduled to close at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5.***
RALEIGH — Weather permitting, work will begin next week on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the Stafford Mill Road bridge over a prong of Stinking Quarter Creek in Alamance County.
Stafford Mill Road will be closed between N.C. 62 and Kimesville Road on Monday, March 3, and will remain closed during construction of the new bridge. The road is expected to reopen by Saturday, Nov. 1.
Local traffic will be able to access homes and businesses from either end of Stafford Mill Road, but will not be able to pass beyond the closure points on either side of Stinking Quarter Creek. Motorists traveling through the area will use N.C. 62, Clapp Road and Kimesville Road to detour around the work zone. NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.
This project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges. Built in 1954, the existing bridge is reaching the end of its life cycle and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as it will not be subject to the load restrictions of the current bridge.
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