RALEIGH -The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a section of Whitmire Road in Transylvania County for a bridge replacement project, starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.
The 63-year-old bridge over Patterson Creek is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Although it remains safe, because of its deteriorating condition it has weight limits that restrict the type of vehicle that can safely cross it. The new bridge will be open to all types of vehicles. The bridge was also built based on design standards no longer in use such as narrower lanes. Its replacement is part of the department's statewide program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
The project means a signed detour will be in place, using Whitmire Road, Rosman Highway, Garland Court and Little Egypt Road until the new bridge is in place in May 2016.
This work was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law, with R.E. Burns and Sons Company of Statesville given the $321,886 contract.
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