The Church Road Bridge over Slocum Creek is scheduled to permanently close at 9 a.m. on Monday, workers said.
A sign in front of the bridge denotes the closing date as linemen continue to work on the installation of new power poles and the rerouting of power lines in the area.
The bridge, constructed in 1924, is scheduled to be replaced with a new 300 foot-long span that will parallel U.S. 70 and connect the service roads on both sides of the creek.
Church Road will be reconfigured to intersect the service road near the old Wendy’s restaurant east of the creek.
The area was the scene of a fatal crash on Thursday in which Janie Queen was killed when the car she was driving left the service road near the approach to the bridge and plunged into Slocum Creek.
The N.C. Department of Transportation rated the Church Road Bridge as the worst in Havelock and among the worst in Craven County based on traffic volume and bridge condition. On at least two occasions the supports below the bridge have needed extra crutches, as the flow of the creek and age have whittled away at their effectiveness.
Construction of the new bridge is expected to take about a year. Contractor Palmetto Infrastructure Inc., of Greer, S.C., will be demolishing the old bridge and building the new one for $2.8 million.
Crews had originally hoped to keep the bridge open, possibly until the end of December, but environmental rules that dictate when work can be done in the creek was a factor in the change.