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NCDOT to Replace Bridge on Railroad Grade Road in Ashe County

SHELBY -On Wednesday, April 2, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing a bridge over Old Field Creek on Railroad Grade Road in Ashe County.

The $466,180 contract includes grading, drainage, paving and replacing the existing structure with a new bridge. The current bridge was built in 1970 and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means that although the bridge is safe, it was built to outdated design standards and needs to be replaced.

During the project, Railroad Grade Road will be closed to traffic. Motorists traveling through the area will take U.S. 221 to Liberty Grove Church Road and then return to Railroad Grade Road. Portable traffic signals will be in place throughout the duration of the construction to help motorists navigate the closure.

The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in early August. The contractor for this bridge project is J.R. Vannoy and Sons Construction Company of Jefferson.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM