Duplin County highway to close for one year, school shares how it will adjust bus schedule


Closure on N.C. 11 will allow for bridge replacement

WALLACE, N.C. A section of a Duplin County highway is scheduled to close for about one year while crews replace a bridge. 

The bridge on N.C. 11 over Little Rockfish Creek will close to traffic at 7 a.m. Sept. 27. The current bridge near South Norwood Street was built in 1922 and will be replaced by a modern structure

It is expected to take crews until the beginning of Sept. 2022 to complete construction.

Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 117, South Norwood Street, and N.C. 41 to gain access to either side of the closure. Drivers should be cautious around the work zone and expect their commute may take longer than normal.

Wallace Elementary School is about a mile away from where the construction will take place. School principal Angelo Cavalarro said the road will increase the amount of time it takes to get to school for some neighborhoods.

“We have a great transportation department and flexible bus driver … we will help families having difficulty with the change in any way we can,” Cavalarro said.

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