ASHEVILLE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding a public information session Thursday, April 30, for a new bridge on U.S. 23 Business just east of downtown Dillsboro.
The current bridge, spanning Scott Creek and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, was built in 1939 and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means while it remains safe, it is in deteriorating condition and has weight limits restricting the kinds 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. The project is part of NCDOT's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
NCDOT representatives will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church at 18 Church Street in Dillsboro to share information on the project, and get feedback from drivers and residents. Interested parties can stop by any time during the session as there will not be a formal presentation.
Maps and proposals under review are available at the NCDOT public meetings website. Click on the listing for "Replacement of Bridge #27 along U.S. 23 Business over Scott Creek and Great Smoky Mountain Railroad".
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Diane Wilson at (919) 707-6073 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.