NCDOT to Begin Bridge Replacement Project in Mitchell County Tuesday, April 08, 2014

SHELBY – On Wednesday, April 16, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin replacing a bridge on N.C. 226 over Big Rock Creek in Mitchell County. A detour will be in place during construction to help motorists navigate the bridge closure.

The Big Rock Creek bridge replacement costs about $950,000 and is the final project to be completed in a contract for nine bridge replacements in NCDOT’s Division 13. The $8,040,000 contract for the bridge replacement projects includes replacing one bridge in Buncombe County, two in Burke County, one in Madison County, three in Mitchell County and two in Rutherford County.

Crowder Construction Company of Charlotte is the contractor for all nine bridge replacements.

The new Big Rock Creek bridge will be slightly wider than the original structure and will accommodate all legal loads. The existing structure was built in 1949 and is considered structurally deficient. That means that although the bridge is considered safe, it requires significant maintenance and repair to remain in service, and therefore needs to be replaced.

Motorists traveling along N.C. 226 at Big Rock Creek will be asked to take Fork Mountain Road to N.C. 261 before turning back onto N.C. 226.

The project is expected to be completed by late August.

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