Road work to close U.S. 301 near North Johnston High
As part of a project to improve visibility on U.S. 301 near North Johnston High School, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of the highway from June 17 through Aug. 16.
Currently, a hill on U.S. 301 blocks visibility for traffic on Oak Grove Inn Road. By lowering the hill, the DOT will increase visibility so drivers can see cars coming southbound on U.S. 301.
To accomplish this task, crews will remove the pavement and road bed and then rebuild the road at a lower height. All work is scheduled to be done before the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
U.S. 301 will be closed in both directions between Oak Grove Inn Road and Watson Road, with two signed detours in place:
• Car traffic will use Oak Grove Inn Road and Watson Road to travel around the project site.
• Truck traffic will use Main Street in Micro, Interstate 95 and Bagley Road.
To improve traffic flow along the detour route for cars, a temporary all-way stop has been installed at the intersection of Oak Grove Inn Road and Watson Road.
Currently, traffic on Watson Road must stop at Oak Grove Inn Road. With the all-way stop in place, traffic on Oak Grove Inn Road will also be required to stop.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays.
DOT replacing Raleigh Road bridge over Stony Fork Creek
The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun replacing a bridge on Raleigh Road over Stony Fork Creek between Four Oaks and Benson.
Built in 1951, the bridge is classified as functionally obsolete. While this does not mean the bridge is unsafe, it does need to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. A bridge is considered functionally obsolete if it is narrow, has inadequate under-clearances, has insufficient load-carrying capacity, is poorly aligned with the roadway and can no longer adequately service todays traffic.
Because of the condition of the bridge, the DOT had posted a weight limit restricting single-axle vehicles weighing more than 16 tons and trucks weighing more than 20 tons from using the bridge. The new bridge will meet current design standards and will not have posted weight limits.
The bridge will be closed until November with a detour in place. Through traffic will use Shade Tree Road, Federal Road and Woodall Dairy Road to travel around the closure. Local traffic will be able to access residences and businesses along Raleigh Road; however, they will not be able to travel past the construction site.
State replacing bridges on Cornwallis Road
The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun replacing two bridges on Cornwallis Road in the Cleveland community.
In April, S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson won the $2.4 million contract to replace the bridges over Swift Creek Mill Branch Creek.
Motorists should expect lane closures on Cornwallis Road at the bridge over Swift Creek. The closures will enable crews to begin relocating water and sewer lines in preparation for the bridge. They will also build a turn-around for school buses.
The work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete. Cornwallis Road at this location will be down to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic through the construction site. Lane closures will not be in place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In late June or early July, crews will close Cornwallis Road for replacement of the 41-year-old bridge over Swift Creek. The closure is expected to take no more than four months, weather permitting. Through traffic on Cornwallis Road will use North Shiloh Road, Cleveland Road and N.C. 42 to travel around the closure.
Once the Swift Creek bridge is complete, work will begin on the Mill Branch Creek bridge. Cornwallis Road will also be closed for this replacement. Through traffic on Cornwallis Road will use Cleveland Road, Old Drug Store Road and South Shiloh Road to travel around the closure. Crews have 105 days to complete this replacement project.
Storm blamed for sewage spill
The County of Johnston on Tuesday blamed a massive sewage spill on tropical storm Andrea.
In a news release, the county said a manhole failure caused by heavy rain spilled about 300,000 gallons of raw sewage into Smithfields Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Neuse River.
Johnston County Emergency Medical Services will hold its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Law Enforcement Center, 120 S. Third St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-989-5050. The Johnston County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the commissioners meeting at the courthouse in Smithfield.
In Wednesdays edition, the Herald incorrectly identified Tony Nixon, chairman of the East Smithfield Improvement Committee. Also, Nixon lives in Pine Acres, not Belmont.