Asheville - A series of bridge replacements combined in one NCDOT contract with Dane Construction is set to get underway on Monday, April 4.
The $11.3 million project to improve 11 bridges and one culvert will begin with a bridge on Whitt Branch Road (SR 1547) and is expected to continue through October of 2017 in three western North Carolina counties.
"The project is to improve the safety of the structures and bring them up to date," assistant resident engineer Chase Carver said. "There are sites in Buncombe County, Madison County and Mitchell County where they will be improving the bridges."
Construction on Whitt Branch Road over Little Ivy Creek in Madison County begins Monday and starts the overall project. The construction will require an off-site detour utilizing Beach Glen Road, Old Mars Hill Highway and Bartlett Road. The project is expected to be completed early in the autumn of this year.
Work on two other bridges is slated to start on Monday, April 11. The first is a span on Bear Creek Road over Turkey Creek in Buncombe County. That will require an off-site detour utilizing Turkey Creek Road, Martin Branch Road, and Gibbs Road. The new bridge should be in place late this summer.
The second site construction starting next Monday is located on Surrett Cove Road over Bald Creek in Buncombe County. The work will be done in stages with no detours and the road remaining passable during construction with occasional closures of up to 30 minutes during off-peak traffic times. The project is expected to be finished by the end of this year
On Monday, April 18, work will begin on a bridge over Spring Creek on N.C. 226 in Mitchell County. This work will also be done in stages, which allows the road to remain open with occasional closures during off-peak traffic times that will last no more than 30 minutes at a time. The project is expected to be finished by the middle of fall this year.
The remaining work on this design-build project is expected to continue well into 2017.
Motorists in these construction areas are advised to slow their speed, obey constructions signs and be aware of workers alongside the roadwork.
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