The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced that emergency repairs to the damaged bridge on Bizzell Grove Church Road over I-95 near Micro in Johnston County are scheduled to start Monday, April 25, and will require the overnight closure of the interstate in that area for about two weeks. The bridge sustained beam damage when it was struck by an oversized tractor-trailer load on April 11.
The bridge was shut down for 10 days by the damage, but re-opened on Thursday, April 21, to car traffic only. For safety purposes the travel lanes were narrowed, which prevents large trucks and buses from safely using it.
The repair work, at a cost of close to $106,000, involves using heat to straighten out the damaged steel beams. All the work will be performed at night, and will require the closure of I-95 South between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday through Sunday. The repairs are expected to take about two weeks, wrapping up around May 9.
During the closure, all southbound I-95 traffic will detour at Exit 105 (Bagley Road). Drivers will turn right onto Bagley Road, and then left onto U.S. 301 South. They will be directed to turn left at Main Street in Micro, and that will take them back to I-95 at Exit 102.
The Bizzell Grove Church Road bridge will remain open during the repairs, but with the cars-only restrictions. The detour route for larger vehicles sends drivers onto U.S. 301, Micro Road and Lowell Mill Road to get around the restricted access.
Drivers are urged to watch for detour signs in both locations and pay attention to the roadway restriction for Bizzell Grove Church Road.
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