DOT hopes to speed up replacement of closed Greenville bridge

DOT hopes to speed up replacement of closed Greenville bridge

The Oxford Road bridge that provides access to Brook Valley from East 10th Street was closed on Tuesday.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – It looks like a bridge that serves a Greenville neighborhood could be closed for the foreseeable future as it needs to be replaced.

The Oxford Road bridge that provides access to Brook Valley from East 10th Street was closed by the city on Tuesday.

While the bridge is owned by Greenville, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has agreed to partner with them to get it replaced as soon as possible.

Exposed and broken cable underneath Oxford Rd BridgeOxford Road Bridge shows sagging of up to 3 inches between slabs.Exposed and broken cable underneath Oxford Rd BridgeThe bridge was closed Tuesday afternoon.Oxford Rd Bridge

The DOT inspected the 58-year-old span yesterday and found the concrete substructures are cracking and deteriorating. In some locations, the concrete rebar is exposed and seriously deteriorated. A DOT report says one of the 12 concrete spans supporting the bridge had settled two inches, causing the road itself over the bridge to begin to drop.

During a routine inspection earlier this week by the city, they noticed that the pavement had settled, bringing about the closing.

The state met with city staff this afternoon to discuss the bridge and evaluate the feasibility of making temporary repairs that would allow it to safely be reopened until it is replaced.

Based on a 1991 traffic count, the bridge averages 1,200 vehicles a day.

The DOT estimates it will cost just over $1.5 million to replace the span. The plan right now is to award a contract this fall, and construction would take four to six months. The DOT is looking at ways to possibly speed up that timeline.

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