Upgrades, repairs on 2 N.C. bridges expected to be finished soon

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been working this summer to rehabilitate two bridges along N.C. 211, outside of Clarkton.

The bridges over Brown Marsh Swamp and Elkton Swamp Creek were built in 1929. They were in need of restoration to make the routes safer and more effective for drivers. When crews began work on the bridges, they found they needed unexpected, necessary girder repairs.

Bridge girders are steel beams used to support bridge decks where motorists drive. While continuing work on other areas of the project, engineers have been weighing repair options. The project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

Work on these bridges is part of a $850,000 contract with Lanford Brothers Co. of Roanoke, Virginia -- a contract awarded to the lowest bidder, as required by state law.

There is a sign-designated detour associated with the project, and motorists will notice traffic shifts as needed and can expect travel delays. Drivers also are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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