SHELBY -- On Tuesday, April 8, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing a bridge on Old-Conover-Startown Road over Clark Creek in Catawba County. While the project is completed, a portion of Old Conover-Startown Road will be closed, and a detour will be in place to help motorists get around the construction.
The project is scheduled for completion in late February 2015.
During construction, motorists will be asked to begin the detour on Startown Road and travel south one mile to N.C. 10, where they will turn left and travel east three miles to U.S. 321 Business. The detour will then have motorists turn left onto U.S. 321 Business, travel north about three-quarters of a mile to West Seventh Street, where they will turn left and travel northwest one mile to the end of the detour at the intersection with Old Conover-Startown Road.
The existing bridge over Clark Creek was built in 1952 and is considered functionally obsolete, which means that although the bridge is safe, it was built to standards no longer in use today.
The $894,894 bridge replacement project was awarded to DeVere Construction Company, Inc. in January.