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Expect Traffic Impacts from Bridge Replacement Near Hillsborough

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Work on a state bridge replacement project along U.S. 70 Bypass outside Hillsborough started this week.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation started work on a bridge replacement this week that likely will have traffic impacts in and around Hillsborough through summer 2021.

The project to replace a U.S. 70 Bypass bridge over the Eno River is just east of Hillsborough town limits, between Riverside Drive and Poplar Lane. A temporary, two-lane detour bridge will be constructed first. Then work will begin on dismantling and replacing the current 78-year-old bridge with a bridge expected to last 75 years. The permanent bridge is expected to open by July 2021.

NCDOT advises drivers to pay attention and obey the posted speed limit throughout the work zone.‚Äč Lane closures will not be allowed in the work zone on holidays or from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Real-time travel information is available at

The new bridge is expected to be safer for bicycle traffic as its concrete and metal railing, 54 inches tall, will about double the height of the current concrete rails. The planned 265-foot-long bridge also will be 27 feet longer to accommodate a potential future greenway under the bridge.

For additional information, visit the NCDOT website and see its news releases on the bridge:

Any questions about the project should be directed to NCDOT.