Recent storms close multiple Sampson County roads

Images of damaged roads due to storms in Sampson County in June 2020. (Photo: NCDOT)

CLINTON, NC (WWAY) — Several state roads and a highway remain closed in Sampson County after severe storms came through the area this past weekend.

Closures throughout Sampson County started about 7 p.m. Friday. At one point, crews had as many as a dozen road closures.

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As of today, U.S. 701 and Roanoke, Keener and Marsh Kornegay roads remain closed with damages that include shoulder and pavement failure and concrete failure along bridge ends.

N.C. Department of Transportation crews are working on repairs to U.S. 701 and it is expected to reopen to traffic by the end of the week. NCDOT says there is no timetable for when repairs will be made to the other roads.

There are additional routes closed at this time due to high water, but those secondary roads are expected to reopen when the water recedes if there is no damage.

Even when it appears there is no damage, or little water, drivers are urged not move a barricade or “road closed” sign. NCDOT has put them in places for the safety of drivers.

NCDOT says drivers should anticipate their commute taking longer than normal, and when necessary follow detour signs.