CHARLOTTEThe N.C. Department of Transportation will soon begin a project to replace the bridge on Lancaster Highway/South Polk Street overLittle Sugar Creek in Pineville.Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5, a portion of Lancaster Highway/South Polk Street will be closed to through traffic as crews remove the existing structure and build the new bridge. Asigned detour will direct motorists to use Lancaster Highway/South Polk Street, N.C. 51 and Carolina Place Parkway.
To help ease congestion related to the detour, existing signal timing will be modified to allow for turning movements at the intersections of N.C. 51 at Polk Street, N.C. 51 at Carolina Place Parkway, and also at Carolina Place Parkway at Lancaster Highway.
The existing Lancaster Highway/South Polk Street bridge is considered functionally obsolete. This means that the bridge, although safe for motorists, no longer meets the current demands of traffic.
The new bridge deck will be widened to accommodate a third lane for left turns.The new bridge will also be more pedestrian friendly, with a 5-foot sidewalk on both sides of the bridge. The current bridge doesn't have sidewalks to accommodate pedestrian traffic.
The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in early October. Although the new bridge will be open about nine months after the initial road closure, lane closures are permitted through November 2016.
The $2.3 million contract for the project was awarded in August to R.E. Burns & Sons Co., Inc. of Statesville.
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