ASHEVILLE -Starting June 1, drivers on Linville Road in Mount Airy will be detoured five months, as crews begin building a new bridge across the Ararat River.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will direct drivers to use Riverside Drive and East Pine Street during construction. The new bridge should be finished by October 29.
The current bridge, built in 1963, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. 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 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.
A $10.3 million contract awarded to Smith Rowe of Mount Airy includes replacing a total of 12 bridges in Surry and Yadkin counties.
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