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The N.C. Department of Transportation planned to close two bridges in Brunswick County beginning this week, requiring months-long detours.
NCDOT will close the Galloway Road bridge over Pinch Gut Creek for bridge preservation work. The work was scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Thursday, July 11, but has been delayed because of utility work. It is not yet clear when the work will begin.
The existing bridge, which was built in 1966, was identified by NCDOT as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
The bridge is safe, but needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The bridge replacement was expected to be complete in December, but a specific end date was not determined because of the weather.
NCDOT recommends using Galloway Road to Randolphville Road to U.S. 17, back to Galloway Road as a detour, when the preservation works begins.
NCDOT closed the Lincoln Road bridge over Banton Branch near Leland on Tuesday, July 9.
The Lincoln Road bridge was also built in 1966 and has also been deemed structurally deficient. It will, too, be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands
The bridgework in Leland is expected to be complete in November if there are no delays.
NCDOT recommends motorists use Lincoln Road to Mt. Misery Road to Village Road back to Lincoln Road as a detour route.
Both projects are part of NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of bridges statewide.
Brian Slattery is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or email@example.com.