UPDATE: The latest on I-95 bridge closings

SMITHFIELD – As contractors demolish two bridges, motorists on Interstate 95 in Johnston County will encounter occasional overnight detours starting next week.

The first detour is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, for I-95 South at Exit 105 (Bagley Road) near Kenly. Southbound traffic will use U.S. 301 and Micro Road before re-entering the interstate at Exit 102 in Micro.

Crews will work overnight until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, as they finish dismantling the Bizzell Grove Church Road bridge; they will resume the detour during the same overnight hours on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and possibly Thursday, until the bridge is entirely removed.

To facilitate the demolition, the outside southbound lane will remain closed between mile markers 102 and 105 during the week of Jan. 15.

Once the crews have finished removing the Bizzell Grove Church Road bridge, weather permitting, they will start removing the Lizzie Mill Road bridge over I-95 near Selma. A detour there for I-95 North will begin sometime overnight the week of Jan. 22, ending by 5 each morning.

After they have completed work on the northbound side of the interstate, the crews will shift onto the southbound lanes to haul away the rest of the bridge – work that will require the same overnight detours beginning the week of Jan. 29.

The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.

Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh received a $53.1 million contract from NCDOT last fall to resurface I-95 between mile markers 100 and 107 in Johnston County. The project includes replacing both 58-year-old bridges with longer structures that meet today’s traffic needs and will accommodate future plans to widen the interstate.

Crews will be replacing two bridges over Interstate 95 in Johnston County as part of a $53.1 million contract for improving the freeway.

Contract crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation closed

The Bizzell Grove Church Road bridge over I-95 is being demolished to build a new bridge. In addition, the Lizzie Street bridge over I-95 will be replaced. Both are causing detours.

the Bizzell Grove Church Road bridge in Micro on Monday, Jan. 8. Then, on Monday, Jan. 22, they are scheduled to close the Lizzie Mill Road bridge north of Exit 98 in Selma. Both bridges are more than 58 years old and, although they have remained safe, they have become functionally obsolete, which means they no longer meet the needs of today’s traffic.

The new bridges, which will open in summer 2019, will be long enough to accommodate plans to widen the interstate to eight lanes, starting in 2026, between mile markers 81 and 71.

When the bridges close, the following detours will be implemented:

  • For Bizzell Grove Church Road, motorists should use Lowell Mill Road, Micro Road and East Main Street in Micro; and
  • For Lizzie Mill Road, traffic will take Batten, Campground and Myrtle roads into downtown Selma.

The bridge replacements are part of a contract that NCDOT awarded in November to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh to resurface I-95 between mile markers 100 and 107. The project includes replacing about 80 sections of concrete below the asphalt surface. The work will continue to require periodic lane closures overnight through next spring.

For real-time travel information, go to DriveNC.gov, or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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