Asheville - Work is under way on the replacement of two culverts under roads in western North Carolina. That means a detour for drivers on Old Linville Road in McDowell County and a traffic shift for motorists using Creek Creed Road in Buncombe County.
Both small projects are part of a larger $5.3 million contract awarded Owle Construction of Whittier, N.C. to replace 11 culverts.
Transportation improvement projects like these are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolina residents to jobs, education recreation and healthcare.
Four of the 11 replacements have been completed. Six are now under way with this week's work beginning. The final culvert project starts later this summer.
In this round of replacements, the work on a new culvert on Old Linville Road over Dogback Spring Branch will require drivers to detour onto U.S. 221 and North Cove Road. Contractors expect it to be completed by late summer or early autumn.
The Creek Creed Road project over Glade Creek will have staged construction in order to accommodate traffic. The road will remain passable with occasional closures during off-peak hours that should last less than 30 minutes.
Drivers need to use extra caution and slow down when approaching and going through the work zones because of the close proximity of workers and construction equipment.
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