Asheville - As part of the McCrory Administration's effort to improve bridge safety, construction to replace a bridge on Rhoney Road over Rock Creek in Burke County is scheduled to begin Monday, May, 16. The construction will require local drivers to take an alternate route, using N.C. 18, Sugar Loaf Road and Corn Hill Road to detour around the closure.
Bridge projects like this are underway across the state 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 opportunities. The 2015 budget signed by Governor McCrory funded the replacement of approximately 540 bridges across the state.
Contractor R.E. Burns and Sons plans to re-open the road by August.
The bridge is part of an express design-build contract involving 12 bridges in Burke (five), Rutherford (four) and McDowell (three) counties which will be constructed over a three-year span ending in 2017 at a cost of $7.4 million. Eight of the 12 bridges have already been completed.
The existing Rhoney Road bridge was built in 1960 and is functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. Functionally obsolete bridges no longer meet the demands of the traffic using them. These bridges are safe but need to be improved or replaced due to narrow lanes or low height clearances.
Structurally deficient bridges require significant maintenance to remain in service, and in this case there are weight restrictions in place that limits the type of vehicle that can use it. To fully address the issues on a structurally deficient bridge, extensive rehabilitation or replacement is usually required.
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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