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ELIZABETHTOWN — A major milestone in the construction of a new U.S. 701 bridge in Bladen County was scheduled to occur last weekend. However, due to recent rain, the contractor needs more time to complete the crossover pavement and striping, so the southbound lane traffic shift has been rescheduled to May 10 or May 11.

The original plan called for the shift to take place April 29.

The crossovers will be used when the southbound lane is shifted onto the new bridge.

Drivers should slow down and be alert during these upcoming shifts and for the crossover median construction.

After both shifts take place, crews will begin demolishing the two-lane bridge, which needs to be removed in order to finish constructing the four-lane bridge.

Construction began on the new bridge in 2020 after NCDOT awarded a $23.3 million contract. The bridge is scheduled to be completed in spring 2024.

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