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Clayton bridge project causes road closure

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CLAYTON — A section of Winston Road between Interstate 40 and Clayton is closed as crews work to demolish and replace a bridge.

The bridge spanning White Oak Creek was built in 1955 and has become functionally obsolete, which means while remaining safe, the structure no longer meets the demands of the traffic using it and imposes vehicle weight restrictions, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The road was scheduled to close Monday morning and is expected to reopen by next spring.

A signed detour will send drivers onto Cornwallis, Amelia and Guy roads.

T.A. Loving Co. of Goldsboro will perform the work under a contract awarded in 2016 by the N.C. Department of Transportation to replace a total of seven bridges in Johnston County and one in Wayne County.

The new bridges are being delivered using a method known as Express Design-Build that expedites the design, environmental permitting, land acquisition, utility relocation and construction. According to the NCDOT, the innovative process saves taxpayer dollars and shortens driving delays for motorists.