Perry Creek Drive to Reopen to Passenger Vehicles Only
Perry Creek Drive between Pebble Springs Road and 201 Perry Creek Dr. will reopen only to passenger vehicles at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 11. Based on additional findings, Town staff and engineers have determined the roadway over a large drainage culvert can safely sustain a weight limit of 10-tons per vehicle.
“We appreciate the patience of our community during this closure,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Vencelin Harris. “We know detours can be a pain and take valuable time out of your commute. Please know your safety was at the heart of this decision.”
Construction to repair the culvert is tentatively scheduled for late August and could last up to a month. Perry Creek Drive, from Pebble Springs Road to 201 Perry Creek Dr. will be completely closed during construction. The timeline for this work will be dependent upon favorable weather.
Passenger Vehicle Weights (Approximate)
- Compact cars: 1.5-2.25 tons
- Mid-size cars and sedans: 2.25-2.75 tons
- Light trucks, minivans, SUVs: 2.5-3.5 tons
- Large pickup trucks: 3.75-6 tons
About the Closure
A third-party engineering firm performing a biennial bridge inspection for the Town found the structural integrity of a large drainage culvert where Perry Creek Drive crosses a creek to be compromised. Town staff decided the immediate closure of the road was the safest course of action until additional information could be gathered.
Inspections are performed every two years. Town staff will continue to review previous reports and compare them to the 2018 report. The 2016 report showed the bridge to be in good condition, and Town staff is evaluating the reason for the accelerated deterioration.
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