By Keith Barnes
The construction project that began more than three years ago to replace the northbound and southbound bridges on Interstate 95 over Little River at Exit 105 in Kenly is drawing to a conclusion. It should be mostly complete by November, said Andrew Barksdale, spokesman for the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The location is just north of the exit used by most traffic when accessing Big Boy’s Truck Stop and Lowell Mill Restaurant on Bagley Road.
“The on-ramp to I-95 North from Bagley Road will also open about this same time,” said Barksdale. “In the coming weeks the work to complete the bridge deck, the driving surface made of concrete, will begin.”
Prior to the project’s start, bridges being replaced were two lanes wide and built in 1956. They were classified as “structurally-deficient and functionally-obsolete,” according to a DOT spokesman in 2015.
“Functionally-obsolete” was explained at that time as “no longer being able to meet the demands of the traffic using them.”
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