BERTIE COUNTY -

The N.C. Department of Transportation closes a section of U.S. 13, north of Windsor, so crews can replace the bridge over the Cashie River.

The bridge, which was constructed in 1924, is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means that while the bridge remains safe, it requires repairs and was built to design standards no longer used for bridges. It needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.
 
A $2.2 million contract was awarded in June for the project, which includes replacing the 24 foot-wide, two-lane bridge with a 36 foot-wide, two-lane bridge.

The bridge will include two, 12 foot-wide lanes and six foot-wide shoulders on each side. The current bridge has two 12-foot-wide lanes and no shoulders.

The bridge is scheduled to reopen in June 2014.

Drivers can use U.S. 13, School Road, Highway 308, and the U.S. 17 Bypass to travel around the construction site.