Transportation officials recently announced that three bridges going into Cumberland County are being replaced.
Work on a 44-year-old bridge on Maxwell Road near the Sampson-Cumberland County border will close, beginning Monday, Aug. 21. According to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), it’s one of three over South River at the county line, east of Fayetteville. A $2.7 million contract was awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy.
Andrew Barksdale, a public relations officer for NCDOT, reported that motorists will probably be affected in the morning by the closure and expect a little inconvenience with a new route until completion. As a result of work on Maxwell Road, motorists will have to take a detour onto Jack Page, Faircloth Bridge, South River and Halltown roads.
A date of completion has not been set for Maxwell Road, but work may take between three and six months.
“It’s time for the bridge to be replaced, but it will take some time to do that,” he said.
After Smith-Rowe LLC completes and reopen the Maxwell bridge, they will move on to two bridges on Faircloth Bridge Road near the Cumberland-Sampson County line.
“The contractor has a year from now, until next November to finish all three bridges,” Barksdale said.
Both bridges on Faircloth were built in 1965 and have vehicle weight restrictions. All three are safe for traffic, state officials said they’ve become obsolete and structurally deficient because of aging.
“All of the bridges have been maintained in a safe operation,” Barksdale said. “They’re old and functionally obsolete and they’re maybe too narrow and have some vehicle weight limits.”
Barksdale reported that plans include wider bridge space.
“They’re all still going to be two-lane roads, but there will be more shoulder space,” he said. “These are old bridges and they’re costly to maintain. It’s time for them to be replaced with modern new bridges that will last decades after they’re built.”
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