After delays to two Person County bridge projects, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is closing in on traversable bridges on both John Brewer and Flat River Church roads.
James Nordan, Resident Engineer in the NCDOT Durham Resident’s Office, said both projects are almost completed.
“We’re almost done on John Brewer,” Nordan said. “Maybe only two to three weeks out on it and we’re within two weeks of completing the bridge on Flat River Church Road.”
He said the bridge on Flat River Church Road will be open before its John Brewer counterpart.
“We’ve got the first layer of asphalt down on Flat River, but not on John Brewer,” Nordan said.
At the expected time of completion, the John Brewer Road project will have lasted 16 months and the Flat River Church Road Project just under a year.
Nordan explained that both projects were complete bridge replacements.
According to Nordan, the projects have been delayed by weather and staffing.
“There is usually one or two crews working,” Nordan said. “But it all depends on the weather.”
Nordan said that one of the projects usually has a crew from National Bridge Builders while the other has a subcontractor working.
In a July update, Nordan said the construction was expected to last until late August or early September after delays that included some incorrectly built bridge components and severe manpower shortages from National Bridge Builders that saw one crew alternating between both projects.
Despite the previous delays and current weather uncertainties, Nordan said the project is “probably only two or three weeks behind schedule.”
The two projects have left residents with heartache and disappointment.
Residents near the John Brewer Road project have been forced to take detours around the construction area take about six miles out of the way.
Residents have also had to endure other inconveniences including being told by Clayton & Hurdle, which provides garbage and recycling services to the affected areas, that they would not be able to collect recycling while the bridges were out of commission. The company is still able to provide garbage service, but residents said they were forced to throw recyclable materials out with the regular garbage.
Nordan said the tentative completion date of the Flat River Church Road bridge is Nov. 25 and the John Brewer Road Bridge should be completed around Thanksgiving.