WAKE FOREST — Work to replace the bridge spanning Horse Creek on Purnell Road is scheduled to begin Feb. 23, closing the road until June or July. A N.C. Department of Transportation message board announcing the closure will be set up on site beginning Monday, according to statement from the town of Wake Forest.
The Purnell Road bridge is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, which means that although the structure remains safe to use, it has required constant repairs and should be replaced. In addition, the bridge was built to design standards that are no longer in use.
The closure will send motorists who use the bridge onto a signed detour route using Capital Boulevard, Jenkins Road and Thompson Mill Road.
Drivers are urged to allow extra time for traveling through the area and to pay attention to construction and detour signs.
For more information about the Purnell Road Bridge project, visit wakeforestnc.gov/purnell-road-bridge-replacement.aspx.
The bridge replacement along Purnell Road is one of four bridge replacements the NCDOT has scheduled in the Wake Forest area from February 2015 through August 2016. The others are located along Forestville Road, West Oak Avenue and Rogers Road.
Construction on the Forestville Road Bridge is scheduled from April through August 2015, while work on the West Oak Avenue Bridge is scheduled from July through December 2015. The Rogers Road Bridge replacement is scheduled to take place between March and August 2016. Residents are advised that construction dates are tentative and subject to change.
For more information, see wakeforestnc.gov/operation-bridge-exchange.aspx.