ASHEVILLE – Following six weeks necessary to mobilize and acquire materials, a contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin upgrading parts of the Amboy Road bridge over the French Broad River on Monday, Sept. 11.
Vehicle travel will be restricted to a single lane over the bridge with a temporary signal controlling traffic for 30 days starting Monday.
Transportation officials anticipate significant delays at this location, especially during commuting hours, during this 30-day closure and encourage drivers to find alternate routes. A signed pedestrian detour will be placed while the sidewalk is closed.
NCDOT and the City of Asheville are partnering on this $409,000 project to provide better pedestrian connectivity with the greenway system and the RADTIP project.
Crews from IPC Structures, LLC., will widen the 2-foot-wide sidewalk on the north side of the bridge to 5 feet, rehabilitate the bridge joints and install new pavement markings.
They had originally planned to begin work in late July, but the completion date of Dec. 8 remains the same.
Transportation officials remind drivers and pedestrians to remain alert, watch for workers, and obey all posted signs in the work zone.