Blades Road span scheduled to be replaced

A meeting on a proposed bridge replacement project is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Harlowe Community Center.

The Mill Pond Bridge on Blades Road is scheduled to be replaced.

Maria Rogerson, project engineer from the N.C. Department of Transportation in Greenville, is scheduled to give an overview of the project during Monday night’s meeting.

“We just want to let them now about the project, and certainly if they have any basic questions, we can answer them,” she said.

Detours are expected as construction on the bridge replacement begins. Detour routes include Temples Point Road, Godette School Road and N.C. 101. The detour route is expected to add about six minutes of additional travel time and cover an extra 3.6 miles.

“It’s not scheduled until 2019, but we’re looking at moving that up if funds allow,” Rogerson said.

Construction, once started, is expected to last about four months.

She said the bridge has been rated as functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. She basically described the bridge as old.

“It’s not that it’s not safe,” Rogerson said of the bridge. “We’re planning to replace it to make it work better with wider lanes and getting rid of some of the posting.”

The construction project is expected to cost just more than $1 million.