CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is keeping a section of McCoy Road over Gar Creek in Huntersville closed while a $680,000 bridge replacement project wraps up later this month. The bridge has been closed since June 11. The closure was moved back two weeks so the project would start after school ended for the summer.
The $680,000 contract was awarded to Apple Tuck and Associates of Rutherfordton to remove the existing bridge and substructure, build up the shoulders on the approaches to the bridge, and widen the existing lanes from ten feet to eleven feet. The new bridge will be able to handle heavier vehicles and increased traffic volumes. The contractor is finishing guardrail work, placing the final road surface and installing permanent pavement markings.
Traffic will be detoured around the project from Beatties Ford Road to Hambright Road back to McCoy Road. The bridge replacement is scheduled to be completed October 14, and the contractor can continue vegetation and reforestation work through March 30, 2013.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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