ASHEVILLE -Starting Aug. 31, through traffic on Lumber Plant Road in Lowgap will be detoured as crews begin building a new bridge.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will direct drivers on each end of Lumber Plant Road to use N.C. 89 as an alternate route.
The new creek crossing is expected to be open Dec. 1. It is part of a $10.3 million contract awarded to Smith-Rowe of Mount Airy to replace 12 bridges in Surry and Yadkin Counties.
The current bridge, built in 1959, is considered functionally obsolete. That means while it remains safe, it 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 the weight restrictions of the current bridge. It is part of NCDOT's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
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