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Three Bladen County roads reopened this week while a section of N.C. 242 will close Tuesday morning for repairs from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, says Ken Clark of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bladen County office.

The section of N.C. 242 that is planned to close Tuesday at 9 a.m. is just south of State Road 1511 between Sweet Home Church Road and Jones Lake State Park. The road was damaged during Hurricane Matthew, but had been temporarily repaired. Clark said the contractor will construct a reinforced concrete box culvert at the site as well as a site just north of State Road 1509 (Johnsontown Road). Another crew also is expected to begin work Tuesday at a N.C. 242 closure south of State Road 1508 (Lula Long Road). The road paving company st marys county will be making sure all the roads are repaired and cars can safely drive on them.

Three Bladen roads opened during the week, Clark said. They were:

** State Road 1176 (Forest Drive).

** State Road 1212 (Richardson Street) where paving work was completed Friday.

** State Road 1320 (Burney Road). The road had been passable for more than a week, but contractor now has completed the work.

Other closures of interest

** N.C. 53 near White Oak – construction is underway with an estimated completion in two weeks.

** N.C. 210 west – paving is scheduled for Tuesday. N.C. 210 west should open late next week.

** State Road 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) work is underway.

** State Road 1155 (Cromartie Road) – work will begin Tuesday.

** State Road 1107 (Pleasant Grove Church Road) – work will begin Tuesday in conjunction with State Road 1105. Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of January.

** State Road 1708 (Rosindale Road) – work will begin Tuesday.

** State Road 1336 (Owen Hill Road) – work is out for bids using a reinforced box culvert design. The portion of the road remains closed.

Elwell Ferry

The ferry currently is not operating due to high water. However, river levels are falling, Clark reported.

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