Paint Fork Road in Mars Hill to Close for Bridge Replacement Project Friday, May 24, 2013

RALEIGH The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Paint Fork Road near the intersection of Clyde Brown Road in Mars Hill in Madison County beginning Tuesday, May 28, weather permitting, to replace the bridge over Paint Fork Creek. The closure is expected to remain in place until early fall 2013.   

The existing bridge was built in 1970 and is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. While the bridge is still safe, it requires extensive maintenance and repair. Lane and shoulder widths also don’t meet current standards.

The work is part of an $8 million project to replace 9 bridges in Burke, Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell and Rutherford counties. The project contract was awarded to Crowder Construction Co. of Charlotte.

The following detour will be in place during the closure:

  • Thru traffic on Paint Fork Road will turn left on Clyde Brown Road, travel .6 miles and turn left on Crooked Creek Road. Continue on Crooked Creek Road for 2.2 miles to the intersection with U.S. 19. Turn right on U.S. 19 toward Burnsville and travel 9.4 miles. Turn right off of US-19 onto Prices Creek Road, travel .4 miles and turn right onto Hortons Creek Road. Travel 4.2 miles where Hortons Creek Road turns into Paint Fork Road and travel another 1.2 miles.

NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, watch signs for construction information and obey the posted speed limit.

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