Asheville - Tens of millions of cars have passed over a pair of bridges on Interstate 40 in Burke County since the mid 1950's.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing the two bridges over Berea Church Road, which were constructed when the '57 Chevy was a brand new car.
NHM Constructors of Asheville will close Berea Church Road by Aug. 7 in order to begin a two-year process to replace the eastbound and westbound bridges, built in 1956 and 1958 respectively.
A local detour has been established for Berea Church Road to help accelerate construction on the $8.56 million contract. NHM will construct an on-site detour to allow I-40 traffic to flow in all four lanes.
The Berea Church Road detour directs westbound traffic to Burke Boulevard, then to U.S. 70, then to Knobs Landing Road, then back to Berea Church Road. The opposite applies to eastbound vehicles on Berea Church Road.
Transportation officials remind motorists to follow detour signs, obey all posted speed limits, and slow down in construction zones.
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