The bridge project is scheduled for completion in May 2020.

Starting Friday, traffic on the southern end of Murchison Road will be shifted onto a newly built portion of the Rowan Street bridge project.

The traffic realignment is necessary for crews to continue building three concrete Cross Creek culverts that are part of the project, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation said.

Drivers on Murchison Road will be directed onto a new roadway. The shift will be at the traffic light at West Rowan Street and Bragg Boulevard.

The $24.3 million contract with S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson includes building a six-lane bridge and realigning Rowan Street, Murchison Road and Bragg Boulevard into a new intersection. The project will create a new gateway into the downtown and a more prominent route to the Fayetteville State University campus on Murchison Road.

The project is scheduled for completion in May 2020, with motorists able to use the new bridge by late 2019.

Staff writer Rodger Mullen can be reached at rmullen@fayobserver.com or 486-3561.