The replacement of a 50-year-old bridge on Harper Renn Road over Owen Creek begins next week, southwest of Oxford in Granville County. The $673,437 project awarded Dane Construction means the roadway will be closed at that location on Monday, June 6.
Replacing structurally deficient and functionally obsolete structures such as this is part of the Department of Transportation’s program to rehabilitate and replace substandard bridges across the state. Governor McCrory’s 2016-2017 state budget provides more than $450 million over two years to make these important improvements to our transportation system.
The current bridge is safe, but has been in need of more constant repairs. Its deteriorating condition also meant there are weight restrictions in place that prevent heavier vehicles from using the bridge. When the new bridge opens in time for Thanksgiving in November, there will be no such restrictions.
A signed detour will direct drivers around the closure, using Enon Road, James Royster Road and Old N.C. 75. Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching the road closure and to obey construction and detour signs.