ROCKY MOUNT – A contractor will replace two bridges over Interstate 95 in Nash County and reconfigure Exit 145 to better handle commercial truck traffic.
The N.C. Department of Transportation this month awarded a $23 million contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Rocky Mount to replace these set of bridges:
The bridges are reaching the end of their useful life and will be replaced with longer bridges that can accommodate the future widening of the interstate. During construction, these bridges will be closed with marked detours. Those details will be found at DriveNC.gov by searching for incidents in Nash County.
Under the same contract, the contractor also will modify the Gold Rock interchange (Exit 145) of I-95 with N.C. 4 in the following ways:
- Permanently remove the Halifax Road overpass and realign that road to form a diamond-type interchange at Exit 145, with roundabouts at the entrance and exit ramps. (You can learn more roundabouts on this NCDOT webpage.)
- Improve the intersection of N.C. 4 and N.C. 48 by adding a left turn lane on N.C. 48.
The contractor is scheduled to begin improving the Gold Rock interchange in August; the N.C. 33 bridge will be closed beginning this fall for about nine months for reconstruction. When the new N.C. 33 bridge opens, the contractor will then close the Watson Seed Farm Road overpass for a similar duration.
All of the projects associated with this contract are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023.