Asheville - A temporary traffic light is coming to Walker Road near Dysartsville Monday, July 6, as work begins on a new bridge over Shoal Creek. The road will be down to one lane, and the signal will let the N.C. Department of Transportation keep it open during construction.
The current bridge, built in 1966, is considered structurally deficient. That means while it remains safe, its condition is deteriorating, and has weight limits restricting the type of vehicles able to use it. The new bridge will be built to current design standards and will not have those weight restrictions. It is part of NCDOT's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
NCDOT awarded R.E. Burns and Sons, Inc., of Statesville a $7.4 million contract to build 12 bridges in McDowell, Burke, and Rutherford counties, including the project on Walker Road. This project is scheduled to be completed November 2.
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