SHELBY -- The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with contractor Smith-Rowe to accelerate completion of the N.C. 268 (Key Street) bridge replacement project in Pilot Mountain. With an expedited construction schedule, NCDOT aims to have the new bridge over U.S. 52 open to traffic by the end of 2014.
To finish the project sooner, the contractor plans to:
- Bring additional workers and construction equipment on site;
- Expedite the standard approvals process; and
- Pursue design changes that will shorten construction time.
These efforts will help the contractor finish the project roughly six months before the originally scheduled June 2015 completion.
"With these changes, we hope to lessen the impact this bridge replacement project has on the town of Pilot Mountain, its residents and its business owners," said Mike Pettyjohn, division engineer for NCDOT's Division 11.
Additional message boards have already been added to the project to better inform motorists of the closure details.
Currently, N.C. 268 is closed at the roundabout near the bridge. The detour directs N.C. 268 eastbound traffic to U.S. 52 South to Pilot Mountain State Park Exit, then from Pilot Knob Road to U.S. 52 North. N.C. 268 westbound traffic will be detoured to U.S. 52 northbound to Cooke School Road exit, then from Cooke School Road to U.S. 52 southbound.
The existing N.C. 268 bridge was built in 1960. The bridge is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient, which mean that although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards no longer in use and requires costly maintenance to remain functional.
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