Greensboro - N.C. Department of Transportation contractors plan to begin replacing the Watchtower Road Bridge over Climax Creek, closing a portion of the roadway in Julian.
"Just because the cold temperatures are setting in doesn't mean construction work stops; we have several bridge projects like this one taking place across our area during the winter months," said Division Engineer Mike Mills.
"In Division Seven alone we currently have 29 bridge design projects underway to the tune of $16.7 million in taxpayer dollars and we are being as efficient as possible by working every day feasible," said Bridge Program Manager Tim Powers.
This project is part of the department's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges.
"The bridge has had a good run, at 60 years old it's time to replace it before any problems occur that would cause accessibility issues for the residents who live in this rural part of the county," said Assistant Resident Engineer Christopher Fine.
Work starts on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 and the new bridge should be open by May 2017.
Drivers will be able to detour around the work using Old Julian Road, Dona Road and Monnett Road.
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