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