Asheville - As part of the McCrory administration's effort to improve road and bridge safety, a project to replace a culvert on Herron Cove Road in Buncombe County is scheduled to begin Monday, May 23.
The construction will require local drivers in Weaverville to take a detour because the road will be closed, so a designed off-site detour will be used to maintain traffic. The temporary route consists of Longs Chapel Road and Herron Cove Road.
Owle Construction, the contractor, expects the road to re-open later this summer.
The culvert is part of a design-build project consisting of 11 bridge and culvert replacements across Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey Counties at a cost of $5.3 million.
Design-build projects allow the designing, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction of the project to take place at the same time under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps avoid cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations that save citizens money, decrease the environmental impact and alleviate driving delays.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.
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