Asheville - A culvert replacement, drainage improvements, fresh grading and new paving are on their way along Claybank Road, just outside of Jefferson in Ashe County.
James Vannoy & Sons Construction Company of Jefferson was awarded a $476,000 contract by the N.C. Department of Transportation for the culvert for Little Buffalo Creek.
Improvements may begin as soon as June 27, with all work - except for vegetation re-establishment - to be completed by Thanksgiving.
The old bridge will remain in use while the new bridge is being built downstream, which will provide visitors and residents access to the area where the only way in or out is over the creek.
Improvements for structures such as this are in progress across North Carolina as part of Governor McCrory's 25-year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation.
This is one of 16 road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation, worth about $96 million, which was $3 million under the estimates of DOT engineers. The contracts were awarded to the lowest qualified bidders as required by state law.
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