Rogers Road to close during five-month construction.
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Some Mondays are worse than others.
The five-month-long Rogers Road bridge replacement project is set to begin Monday, June 27.
The N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) will replace the bridge over Smith Creek, between South Franklin Street and Heritage Lake Road/Forestville Road.
For much of the project, the road will be closed and traffic detoured.
The DOT is paying Blythe Construction about $1 million to rebuild the bridge, which is considered both too small for current traffic needs and is structurally deficient (in need of repair or rebuilding).
The total cost of the project is about $2.7 million, as it includes building a pedestrian underpass for a town greenway and widening Rogers Road to five lanes. Those are town projects being done in conjunction with the replacement.
Blythe has 135 days to finish the project, expected by mid-November.
The closure will send motorists who usually use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Heritage Lake Road, the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway (N.C. 98 Bypass) and South Main Street.
Town officials urge drivers who travel through the area to plan ahead and allow extra time.
For a detour map and to keep tabs on the bridge replacement project, see the town’s Operation Bridge Exchange page at wakeforestnc.gov/rogers-road-bridge.aspx.