Moseley Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning Monday, Jan. 7 at 8 a.m. and will remain shut down until Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. due to bridge maintenance, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Moseley Avenue is located one mile west of JCT US 421/Taylors Bridge Highway and a quarter mile east of Mt. Gilead Church Road.
The bridge on Moseley Avenue, built in 1954, is requiring “fairly common repairs,” says Trevor Carroll, a NC DOT division bridge maintenance engineer.
“Portions of this bridge are made with timbers which are beginning to rot and decay. We are going to be addressing this by demolishing and replacing the end walls and wing walls,” explains Carroll.
“All timber bridges experience this kind of occassional decay and rot. Overall, they really last a long time,” says Carroll. “To my knowledge, this is the first time this bridge has had to have this kind of maintenance. It will last a good while once it’s done.”
The bridge also features steel beams and concrete components. “We do routine inspections of this and all other bridges once every two years. In the past, we’ve had to make some minor repairs to remove deteriorated steel sections of this bridge, and we’ve also done some patch work on the concrete,” says Carroll of the bridge’s history. “There’s been nothing going on with this bridge that’s been out of the ordinary.”
The bridge maintenance will cost around $25,000 and is expected to take a couple of weeks. “We’re replacing both ends of this bridge and repairs of this kind usually take one week per end,” notes Carroll.
During the closure, the NC DOT encourages drivers to stay alert and make plans to use alternate routes, allowing for extra travel time.
“The detour looks to be only about four miles,” says Carroll. “Hopefully it won’t cause too much trouble for drivers.”
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