Bridge Replacement to Begin Monday on Mt. Willing Road in Orange County Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RALEIGH — Next week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing the Mt. Willing Road bridge over Seven Mile Creek in Orange County.

Weather permitting, crews will close Mt. Willing Road between West Ten Road and Chestnut Ridge Church Road on Monday, June 16.  The road will remain closed to through traffic during construction of the new bridge, which is expected to be complete by Thursday, Nov. 13.

Local traffic will be able to access homes and businesses from either end of Mt. Willing Road, but will not be able to pass beyond the closure points on either side of Seven Mile Creek. Motorists traveling through the area will use West Ten Road, Bushy Cook Road and Buckhorn Road as the signed detour route. NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.

Built in 1961, 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.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT travel website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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