The bridge connecting Washington and Washington Park in Beaufort county will close in June for the next 15 months.
The Department of Transportation awarded a 2.8-million dollar contract to replace the bridge over Runyon Creek on Highway 32 near Haven's Gardens.
The contract was awarded to Sanford Contractors Inc. of Sanford.
Work is scheduled to begin as early as June 1, with final completion no later than Dec. 31, 2010. Work cannot be scheduled prior to this date due to environmental moratorium that prevents work in water.
The bridge will be closed to traffic and a detour will be in place. Motorists traveling east on N.C. 32 will turn left on Hudnell Street (State Road 1352), right on U.S. 264 and right on Brick Kiln Road (S.R. 1303) back to N.C. 32. Westbound motorists will follow the reverse route around the construction site.