A state Department of Transportation project to replace the Auburn Knightdale Road bridge over the Neuse River southeast of Raleigh will send drivers on a long detour for 14 months.
The 50-year-old, 370-foot bridge will close Sept. 22 so workers can demolish the structure, which is rated functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.
The new bridge is scheduled to open for traffic in November 2015.
Drivers must go 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.
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.