Inspection will require lane closures on Jan. 6
ELIZABETHTOWN – The N.C. Department of Transportation plans Wednesday to conduct a safety inspection of the U.S. 701 South bridge in Bladen County.
The two-lane bridge is currently in a two-way traffic pattern after the northbound span was demolished last fall. An NCDOT contractor is replacing the twin spans with a single, four-lane bridge under a $23.3 million contract.
The inspection will require one lane at a time to be closed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., when drivers from each direction will take turns crossing the bridge under the guidance of workers displaying flags and stop signs.
Drivers should expect delays crossing the bridge. They should proceed cautiously and be mindful of NCDOT crews present on the bridge.
The department anticipates reopening both lanes, resuming two-way traffic, after the inspection is completed Wednesday afternoon.
The new bridge is scheduled to be completed by 2024.