Asheville - Cargo carried by an eastbound tractor-trailer damaged several beams under the Carolina Street Bridge which runs over I-40 near Exit 111 in Burke County.
Division 13 bridge inspectors conducted immediate assessments that were followed Tuesday morning by inspections by N.C. Department of Transportation officials from the central office in Raleigh.
The results of those inspections are expected by the end of the week. In the meantime, the Carolina Street Bridge will remain closed. Traffic flowing on I-40 should not be impeded in the immediate future.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will provide updates before repairs begin on the bridge to alert motorists of any change to traffic patterns on I-40 or Carolina Street.
Detours that are currently in place are different depending on the direction motorists are heading. When travelling east, motorists should get on I-40 East, take exit 112, return to the interstate heading west and take Exit 111. When heading west, drivers should find U.S. 70, turn left on Messer Road, follow it until it becomes Jacumin Road and follow that until Flat Gap Road if necessary.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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