State to replace Webb Lake Road bridge

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A 62-year-old bridge on Wilson County’s Webb Lake Road will be replaced this fall or spring, according to state transportation officials.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $477,000 contract to Lemon Springs-based Sanford Contractors to replace the aging span over Whiteoak Swamp east of Wilson with a modern bridge.

Work on the bridge replacement can begin any time between Sept. 18 and March 1, and contractors will have 105 days to complete the work.

The NCDOT also has awarded contracts to replace three Johnston County bridges that are each more than 60 years old. In a news release, the agency said the Wilson and Johnston bridges are “structurally outdated, expensive to maintain and impose vehicle weight limits.”

Those bridges are on Glendale Road over Little Buffalo Creek, Woodruff Road over Buffalo Creek and Joyner Bridge Road over Hannah Creek.

The Raleigh-based Fred Smith Co. received a nearly $1.4 million contract for the two Buffalo Creek bridges.

The contractor can start on Glendale Road between Sept. 18 and Dec. 1 and will have 125 days to finish. The contractor can start on Woodruff after Sept. 18, with a 165-day construction schedule.

United Contractors Inc. of Iowa, which won a $917,584 contract for the Hannah Creek span, can begin in late September. The new bridge is expected to open by July 1.