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Bridge replacement near Leland results in road closure

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A bridge replacement project on N.C. 87 near Leland is scheduled to begin Monday, April 7, weather permitting.

The project to replace the Hood Creek Bridge means N.C. 87 will be closing two miles north of Colon Mintz Road. Motorists can detour the closure by taking U.S. 17 to U.S. 74/76 back to N.C. 87 and vice versa.The North Carolina Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution while traveling in the area and expect delays.

Construction is expected to take four months. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

The 41-year-old Hood Creek Bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.  This means that while the bridge remains safe, it requires repairs and was built to design standards no longer used for today’s bridges. It also can no longer adequately serve today’s traffic volume.

For more information, call Brunswick County Engineer Mark Blalock at 251-2691.

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