- Associated Press - Saturday, July 11, 2020

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Route 4 in Durham, New Hampshire, will be closed for an estimated five days with traffic detours to allow for the replacement of an 87-year-old bridge, state Transportation Department officials said.

The closure is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. There will be demolition work to the existing Bunker Creek Bridge and a new installation and paving.

The department said during the closure, traffic will be detoured from Route 4 and the Spaulding Turnpike via routes 108 or 155 with the use of detour signs and message boards. Trucks are encouraged to use the Route 155 detour.

The existing bridge was repaired in 1970. The new bridge will correct two geometric deficiencies and will be higher to accommodate 100-year flooding concerns, officials said. It also will be wider to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

The $7.1 million project is scheduled to be completed in October.

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