The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced plans to place new asphalt on the Rogers Road Bridge surface on Saturday, Dec. 19. For the safety of the construction crew, the bridge will be reduced to one lane with alternating two-way traffic between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
No detours will be posted, but signs and flaggers will be in place to manage traffic flow and safely direct motorists through the area. Delays are expected and motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route if possible.
The work on Dec. 19 will involve milling the existing asphalt surface on the bridge and approaches and resurfacing with asphalt. The initiative is necessary to improve the safety and driving conditions on the bridge through the winter and until the structure is replaced next spring.
The NCDOT has repaired potholes in the deck several times recently and determined that installing new asphalt will offer a more efficient way to keep the bridge surface viable until the bridge replacement project begins.
The Rogers Road Bridge is considered functionally obsolete. The bridge remains safe but requires constant and costly repairs. Construction will begin in May 2016 to replace the two-lane structure with a five-lane bridge that includes sidewalks and a pedestrian underpass. The new bridge is expected to be open in the fall of 2016.
For more information, contact NCDOT Communications Supervisor Steve Abbott at 919-707-2660 or [email protected].
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