Charlotte - A Gaston County road will soon be closed while crews work to replace an aging bridge.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, Davis Park Road will be closed to through traffic between Hudson Boulevard and Stagecoach Road to replace the bridge over Blackwood Creek. The bridge, which was built in 1957, is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. That means that, although the bridge is safe, it needs to be replaced.
Structurally deficient bridges have load carrying components in poor condition due to deterioration. These bridges are safe; however, they require significant maintenance to remain in service, and limits on vehicle weights may be required. To fully address the issues on a structurally deficient bridge, extensive rehabilitation or replacement is usually required.
Functionally obsolete bridges no longer meet the demands of the traffic using them and need to be improved or replaced due to narrow lanes, low height clearances, or low weight-carrying capacity.
Once construction begins, a signed detour will direct motorists to use Davis Park Road, U.S. 321/South York Road and Hudson Boulevard.
This bridge replacement project is part a contract that includes three other bridge replacement projects, including one in Alexander County and two in Iredell County.
Crews will work to replace the existing bridge with a culvert. The road is scheduled to reopen to traffic in May 2016.
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