Transportation - May 16, 2014
On the advice of a bridge inspector for North Carolina DOT whose report was received earlier today, the city is closing at 5 p.m. today the bridge that carries Reynolds Park Road over Salem Creek. Through traffic on Reynolds Park Road will be detoured to Waughtown Street.
During a routine biannual inspection, the inspector found that the interior beams that support the bridge had deteriorated to the point that the bridge should be closed until it can be repaired or replaced.
Two years ago, the city imposed a five-ton weight limit on the bridge and shifted traffic to the center of the bridge after the previous inspection found that the exterior beams had deteriorated, said Greg Turner, the assistant city manager for public works.
The city is having a replacement bridge designed, Turner said, but there is no timetable yet for when a new bridge could be built. “The city will work with a consultant to determine if we can make temporary repairs that would enable us to reopen the existing bridge until a new bridge can be built,” Turner said, “but we will not know the answer to that until sometime next week.”.