RALEIGH – September marks a busy month for transportation projects along N.C. 226 in Mitchell County, as contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation begin a safety improvement project this week and wrap up a bridge replacement project later this month.
The $800,000 safety improvement project starting this week will involve installing 16 miles of guardrail on N.C. 226 from the state line south to the Town of Bakersville. Work is scheduled to be completed by February 2014. Project contractor is Reynolds Fence and Guardrail Inc. of Indian Trail.
Crews are currently completing the replacement of the bridge on N.C. 226 at Harrell Hill Road over Big Rock Creek north of Bakersville. The project is scheduled to be finished later this month, at which time N.C. 226 will be reopened through the winter. In the spring, work will begin on replacing another bridge on N.C. 226 just south of Fork Mountain Road in Mitchell County. N.C. 226 will need to be closed during this bridge replacement, which will require traffic to be detoured on Fork Mountain Road for approximately five months.
These two bridges are part of an $8 million project awarded to Crowder Construction Co. of Charlotte for the replacement of nine bridges in the region. This includes the replacement of three bridges immediately north of Bakersville, including the two aforementioned bridges as well as a bridge on N.C. 197 over Big Rock Creek that was completed earlier this year.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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