The Neuse River bridge on Auburn Knightdale Road will be closed for 14 months, starting Monday, so the state Department of Transportation can demolish it and build a new one.
Drivers will have to use a long detour until the new bridge opens for traffic in November 2015.The 50-year-old, 370-foot bridge is being replaced because it is rated functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. A sidewalk will be added to the new bridge.
The bridge southeast of Raleigh carries an average 3,200 cars and trucks each day. Drivers will have to travel a few miles upstream to find the closest opportunity to cross the Neuse on Poole Road – or a few miles downstream to cross on Mial Plantation Road.
A marked detour of about 9 miles will direct drivers from Battle Bridge Road west of the Neuse to Grasshopper Road east of the river, via the Poole Road bridge.
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A shorter detour of a few hundred yards is planned for hikers and cyclists on Raleigh’s 27-mile Neuse River Greenway Trail, which passes beneath the bridge on the river’s west bank.
The Auburn Knightdale Road structure is one of seven Wake County bridges being replaced by S.T. Wooten Corp. under an $8.1 million contract.