DOT set to complete additional bridge work

By Kristy D. Carter - [email protected]

Huntley School Road motorists will have to begin looking for an alternate route on the Sampson County road, as Department of Transportation officials have announced the closing of another one of Sampson County’s bridges.

The North Carolina DOT has announced the closure of a bridge that crosses Mill Swamp, north of Salemburg. The bridge, located on Huntley School Road, will be closed beginning Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 a.m. through Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m., weather permitting.

The bridge 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. Southbound motorists should use Reed Branch Road to N.C. 242 to Corinth Church Road, and northbound motorists should use Corinth Church Road to N.C. 242 to Reed Branch Road.

NC DOT officials recently announced the closing of a bridge on Moseley Avenue that is scheduled to begin next week.

Three other 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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By Kristy D. Carter

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