The North Carolina Department of Transportation will be closing roads on Monday, Jan. 7, to replace two bridges in Richmond County, according to a press release from the DOT.
Both bridges are northwest of Ellerbe.
The primary contractor for the bridge replacement job is Dellinger Inc. of Monroe. The company was awarded a $683,698 contract to replace the bridge over Mountain Creek on Green Road, and a $563,080 contract to replace the bridge on Marvin McCaskill Road over Little Mountain Creek. According to the NCDOT website, NCDOT allocates $12 million annually for bridge inspections.
The bridge being replaced over Mountain Creek on Green Road is 53 years old and is considered structurally deficient. This means that although it remains safe, the bridge is in constant need of repairs and needs to be replaced. The project will close Green Road at the site of the Mountain Creek bridge, with a signed detour in place, directing drivers to stay on Cartledge Creek Road to get around the construction site.
The Marvin McCaskill bridge is 51 years old and is considered functionally obsolete. This which means that it was built to standards that no longer meet the National Federal Standard for Bridge Inspection. The project will detour will involve motorists using N.C. 73, Bennett Road and Page Street Extension.
Both bridges are scheduled to be open by May 17.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is available by calling 511 or by visiting www.ncdot.gov/travel. NCDOT also offers travel information on Twitter.