Raleigh - A bridge replacement project in Rutherford County will close a section of Whitesides Road east of Rutherfordton starting next week. Apple Tuck and Associates of Rutherfordton was awarded the $712,000 contract, which involves removing the 49-year-old bridge over Hunting Creek and replacing it with a concrete box culvert. The closure starts on Wednesday, Feb. 24, with the road scheduled to re-open by mid-August 2016.
The current bridge is considered functionally obsolete, which means it was built to design standards no longer in use. It also had weight restrictions, which limited the type of vehicles that could use the bridge.
A detour will be in place using Mt. Lebanon Church and Pea Ridge roads.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for detour and construction warning signs, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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