I-95 bridge work causes Kenly detour

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KENLY — 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 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 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.