State replacing Cleveland bridges
The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun replacing two bridges on Cornwallis Road in the Cleveland community.
In April, S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson won the $2.4 million contract to replace the bridges over Swift Creek Mill Branch Creek.
Motorists should expect lane closures on Cornwallis Road at the bridge over Swift Creek. The closures will enable crews to begin relocating water and sewer lines in preparation for the bridge. They will also build a turn-around for school buses.
The work is expected to take up to three weeks to complete. Cornwallis Road at this location will be down to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic through the construction site. Lane closures will not be in place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In late June or early July, crews will close Cornwallis Road for replacement of the 41-year-old bridge over Swift Creek. The closure is expected to take no more than four months, weather permitting. Through traffic on Cornwallis Road will use North Shiloh Road, Cleveland Road and N.C. 42 to travel around the closure.
Once the Swift Creek bridge is complete, work will begin on the Mill Branch Creek bridge. Cornwallis Road will also be closed for this replacement.
Through traffic on Cornwallis Road will use Cleveland Road, Old Drug Store Road and South Shiloh Road to travel around the closure. Crews have 105 days to complete this replacement project.
Storm blamed for sewage spills
The County of Johnston on Tuesday blamed a massive sewage spill on tropical storm Andrea.
In a news release, the county said a manhole failure caused by heavy rain spilled about 300,000 gallons of raw sewage into Smithfield’s Buffalo Creek, a tributary of the Neuse River.
In Clayton, more than 5,000 gallons of sewage spilled in two spills last week. Heavy rainfall during Andrea led to the spills.
About 750 gallons spilled from a sewer line at 210 E. Front St. Another 5,000 spilled from a manhole at 300 Creekside Drive.
A resident notified the town of the leak on East Front Street. Town staff located the leak on Creekside Drive.
Some of the sewage flowed into a tributary of Sam’s Branch.
The Clayton Town Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the council chambers in The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Clayton. As part of a long agenda, the council is expected to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2013-14.
Johnston County Emergency Medical Services will hold its annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Law Enforcement Center, 120 S. Third St., Smithfield. For more information, call 919-989-5050.
The Johnston County Planning Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the commissioners’ meeting at the courthouse in Smithfield.