Asheville - Part of a $5.2 million project to improve 11 sites in five counties is slated to continue on Monday, April 4 and last through the summer and into autumn.
Owle Construction has been contracted on a design-build project with 11 culverts - four in Yancey County, three in Buncombe County, two in McDowell County, one in Madison County, and one in Mitchell County. Four of the operations have been completed and three more will begin this spring. Work on the final four should begin in the fall.
"We're updating the culverts as part of the bridge-updating process across the state," assistant resident engineer Clinton Pruett said. "We're aiming to bring all of these culverts up to current standards.
"They're either small bridges that are being taken out and replaced by new culverts, or they are old culverts that are being replaced by brand new ones."
Construction of a culvert on Southern Road (SR 1241) over Brevard Creek in McDowell County is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 4. The road will be closed and a designated off-site detour will be utilized in order to maintain traffic during the construction phase. The detour route will consist of Parker Padgett Rd (SR 1240) and Oakdale Rd (SR 1234). This construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer this year.
On Monday, April 18, construction of a culvert on Upper Pig Pen Road (SR 1333) over Pig Pen Creek in Yancey County will begin. Staged construction will be utilized in order to maintain traffic during the construction phase of this culvert. The road will remain passable for typical traffic during construction with occasional road closures during off-peak traffic times that will last no longer than 30 minutes at a time. This construction is expected to be completed by mid-to-late summer of this year.
On Monday, May 23, construction of another culvert on Garren Creek Road (SR 2806) over Flat Creek in Buncombe County is slated to start. The road will be closed and a designated off-site detour will be utilized in order to maintain traffic during the construction phase of this culvert. The detour route will consist of Whitaker Rd (SR 2820), Old Fort Rd (2776) and Flat Creek Road (SR 2786). This construction is also expected to be completed by mid-to-late summer of 2016.
NCDOT reminds motorists in these areas to slow down through the work zone, stay alert while driving and obey construction and speed-limit signs to increase the safety of drivers and workers.
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