Bridge work across Sampson County has now closed another bridge to motorist.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the closure of a bridge that crosses Crane Creek, south of Clinton. Work on the 63-year-old bridge will begin Oct. 16, closing the bridge until work is complete. The expected completion date is March 10, weather permitting.
The bridge, located on Moseley Avenue, was built in 1954. According to Karen Collette, division engineer with the DOT, the bridge is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. While the bridge is safe, it was built to standards of its day and needs to be replaced.
“The new bridge will have updated drainage structures to prevent ponding on the roadway,” Collette said. “The bridge approaches will be reinforced to prevent washouts along with other maintenance issues.”
Throughout construction, motorists are asked to use the detour route by traveling west on W. Mount Gilead Church Road from U.S. 421 and traveling approximately 3.13 miles west-southwest back to Moseley Avenue.
Three bridges at the Sampson-Cumberland county line are currently under construction, with a bridge on Maxwell Road closed for replacement. The 44-year-old bridge closed Aug. 21 and scheduled for completion in the next few months. Once the Maxwell bridge is complete, work will move to two bridges on Faircloth Bridge Road near the county line.
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.
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