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The North Carolina Department of Transportation needs the public’s help as it fine-tunes a plan to replace the Moonlight Road bridge over a Deep Creek tributary in Halifax County.

People can submit feedback to the project design team by November 19 via three ways:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 855-925-2801, enter project code 4751, then leave a message

Website at this link and then use the form at the bottom of the page to enter comments or questions


The 58-year-old bridge has become functionally obsolete for today’s traffic. 

The new, 112-foot-long bridge would retain its two lanes, but they would be wider, along with the shoulders to improve safety. Construction is slated to begin in 2023.

The bridge was constructed in 1963 and has a sufficiency rating of 37.4 out of 100. 

The bridge is considered functionally obsolete due to a structural evaluation of 3 out of 9, according to Federal Highway Administration standards. Roadway upgrades are included as the roadway approaches the bridge.

The sufficiency rating is a tool that is used to help determine whether a bridge that is structurally deficient or functionally obsolete should be repaired or replaced. The sufficiency rating considers a number of factors, only about half of which relate to the condition of the bridge itself. The sufficiency ratings for bridges are part of a formula used by the Federal Highway Administration when it allocated federal funds to the states for bridge replacement.

The build alternative proposes two 11-feet travel lanes with 4-feet, 5-inch paved shoulders. Paved shoulders on both sides expand to 6 feet as the travel lane approaches the bridge. The deck width of the bridge is to be 33-feet. The project is expected to be implemented through an off-site detour. 

The off-site detour route includes Mary Chapel Road, Highway 258/ Main Street and Highway 125, for a total of 10.2 miles.

The project was initiated in 2013 and was recently restarted.