SHELBY-TheN.C. Department of Transportationis replacing a bridge over Henry Fork River in Burke County and will close River Road at the intersection of Old N.C. 18 beginning July 28 as the new structure is built.
The existing bridge was built in 1960 and is classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The bridge remains safe for traffic, but it was built to design standards no longer in use and requires costly maintenance to remain in service.
During construction, an off-site detour will direct motorists to Old N.C. 18, then onto Sugar Loaf Road, Rock Falls Road, Walker Chapel Road, then back to River Road.
The project is scheduled for completion in late November.
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