I-95 bridge work to force 9-mile detour

By: Staff report

FAYETTEVILLE — A project to repair an Interstate 95 bridge in Robeson County starts Monday with traffic restrictions that will force a nine-mile detour expected to begin the following night.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will repair flood damage to a bridge over Little Marsh Swamp on southbound Interstate 95 near mile marker 35. The work is expected to be finished by Aug. 31.

Inspectors have determined the bridge, about 3.5 miles south of the Cumberland County line, to be safe. But to prevent further erosion, the DOT is adding rock as part of the repairs under the bridge.

Beginning Tuesday night, the contractor plans to close both southbound lanes and detour traffic off the interstate at Exit 41 and onto N.C. 59 in Cumberland County. Signs and message boards will direct traffic to use U.S. 301, which parallels the interstate, before getting back onto Interstate 95 at Exit 33 in Robeson County. The detour length will be about nine miles.

For a portion of the project, the contractor will close only one of the two southbound lanes overnight and a detour will not be in place.

To minimize traffic disruptions, the DOT will limit the single-lane closure to between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. When both lanes must be closed, the detour will be restricted to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. There will be no detours or single-lane closures on I-95 during the weekends.

I-95 northbound traffic will not be affected. Carolina Bridge Co. Inc., of Orangeburg, S.C., won a $856,317 contract to make the repairs.

For real-time updates on I-95 and other traffic issues around the state, visit DriveNC.gov or follow the Department of Transportation on Twitter @NCDOT.

Staff report