Asheville - Residents living northwest of Asheville now have a shorter route into western North Carolina's largest city.
The N.C. Department of Transportation removed detour signs around Bear Creek Road on Wednesday, signaling the completion of a bridge replacement over Turkey Creek.
The bridge in Buncombe County is one of a dozen bridges in three counties included in a $7.5 million bridge replacement contract with Dane Construction. All bridges are scheduled to be completed by next fall.
Four of the bridges are scheduled for final inspection in the coming weeks.
The repair of aging bridges is a component of Governor McCrory's 25-year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. Governor McCrory's 2016-17 budget increases repair and replacement funding by 58 percent, totaling $242 million. The Bear Creek Road Bridge was built in 1963.
Prior to the replacement of the Bear Creek Road bridge, motorists - especially those in lower Madison County and northern Buncombe County - were taking a detour into West Asheville.