12/10/11 181 W, 3 I - + 2 - 0 Falls of Neuse Road Bridge Over Neuse River to Close Beginning Monday Dec. 12

Press release. One of the oldest bridges in Wake County will be closed beginning Monday, December 12 at 9 a.m. as crews prepare to tear it down and replace it with a new bridge. The 73-year-old bridge over the Neuse River on Falls of Neuse Road is one of the 10 oldest state-maintained bridges in Wake County. Message board signs have already been put in place alerting motorists of the closing. The new bridge is scheduled to be open by June 1, 2013. Read entire press release.



And here are a couple prior postings about the bridges, when the new bridge was being finished and the morning of its opening. The latter included this digaram showing the various sections of road. Dam interesting. Click once or twice to enlarge:


Afternoon update. And here's a reader photo showing some of the bridge's wooden components as depicted at a vehicle accident a couple years ago. Thanks Nick!

I remember going to a 10-50 on that bridge and looking down to see wooden planks with a layer of asphalt on top! Yikes!
John W. Franks (Email) (Web Site) - 12/10/11 - 10:25

While it certainly needs to be done, it will be sad to see the bridge torn down. I have a lot of memories on that bridge and have certainly been to a large number of wrecks there, especially when it snows! There is a portion of the guard rail where you can faintly see “River Rats” in spray paint. That was likely done in the 70’s or early 80’s by the origianl “River Rats”.
Rhodes - 12/10/11 - 12:28

I remember that wreck. We had 2 new guys on the rescue that day (1st day new), I remember telling them to NOT to get off the truck until they took the tags off their brand new turnout gear. I also remember the DOT guy almost crapped himself when he arrived on scene and saw all the fire trucks parked on the bridge! "Ya’ll gotta move them things NOW!!!" Haha.
Matty - 12/14/11 - 00:47

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