Update 3:15pm: The NC DOT says a bridge rail and guardrail will have to be replaced at an approximate cost of $40,000. A contractor hopes to finish the work by the end of the day, Thursday, Oct. 11th, two days ahead of the original reopening date of Saturday, Oct. 13th.
CLAYTON – A Clayton-area bridge will be closed for a week after it was damaged in a crash Thursday night.
At 9:14pm, the State Highway Patrol said a 2012 Dodge pickup towing a trailer ran off the roadway in a curve and struck a bridge on Barber Mill Road at Government Road, just off Cleveland Road. The driver of the truck, Joshua Andrew Ferrell, 24, of Youngsville, NC received minor injuries in the accident. He was charged by Trooper J.J. Kiser with driving while impaired and failure to maintain lane control. Ferrell reportedly registered 0.09 on the breathalyzer.
The Department of Transportation closed the bridge after the accident. According to a DOT spokesperson, the bridge will remain closed until October 13th so repairs can be made.
Drivers needing to detour around the damaged bridge can traveling Cleveland Road to Josephine Road to Cornwallis Road to Highway 42 East then onto Government Road.