Charlotte - The N.C. Department of Transportation is proactively closing a bridge on Hoyles Creek Road in Gaston County after an inspection found multiple structural steel deficiencies that, although not causing immediate safety concerns, would need to be repaired before traffic can be allowed to stay on the bridge long-term.
The bridge, built in 1964, will be closed on Monday, March 7. Local traffic will have access from either Old Willis School Road (west of the bridge) or Rhyne Road (east of the bridge). NCDOT decided not to make temporary repairs on the bridge since it was already scheduled to be replaced.
NCDOT had planned to award a contract for a new bridge in October, but staff is working to expedite that schedule so that can happen this summer. Design work on the new bridge is already under way, and the construction of the new bridge should take about five to seven months after the contract is awarded.