Project Highlights

The purpose of this project is to replace the current bridge, constructed in 1941, on Wendell Road over Buffalo Creek.  The current bridge, built in 1941 is considered functionally obsolete.  This means that it does not meet current design standards. NCDOT proposes to replace the bridge in-place meaning that Wendell Road will be closed for approximately 12 months to allow for removal of the old bridge and construction of the new bridge.  The replacement bridge will be a 24-inch cored slab bridge approximately 135 feet long providing a 36-foot clear width.  The bridge will include two 11-foot lanes, 2-foot 11 inch shoulders,and a 42-inch tall concrete barrier rail on each side.  The roadway grade of the new structure will be approximately the same as the existing structure.

An approximately 2.5 mile off-site detour will be used to maintain traffic during construction. The off-site detour uses Archer Road, Wall Road, and Lake Wendell Road. (see map above)

Proposed Bridge Typical Section

Project Funding


Estimated Amount*

Right of Way Acquisition

        $       90,000

Construction Costs

        $  2.600.000

Total Cost

       $   2,690,000

* Estimated costs are preliminary and subject to change

Project Timeline




Begin Right of Way Acquisition

Spring 2023  

Begin Construction    

Construction anticipated to last approximately 12 months

Summer 2025  

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Comments


NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  

All comments will be taken into consideration, and carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method.

The public is encouraged to leave comments or questions regarding the project using this webspage, email, or phone number:



Phone Number: 984-205-6615      enter project code 4363 to leave a message.

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Project Contact

Rachel Evans, PE

NCDOT Highway Division 4

Project Engineer

P.O. Box 3165

Wilson, NC  27895

Project Contact

 Greg Purvis, PE

Wetherill Engineering

Consultant Project Manager

1223 Jones Franklin Road

Raleigh, NC 27606

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Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

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