Slew of NCDOT projects announced for WNC roads, bridges

    FILE - Captain Jeff Bowen Bridge in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has announced several road and bridge projects across the mountains, most of which are expected to start this summer.

    Asheville's Bowen Bridges

    Work to extend the life of Asheville's Bowen Bridges is slated to begin on July 30. The $6.7 million contract was awarded to Southern Road and Bridge of Tarpon Springs, Florida.

    Work on the two bridges will involve replacing the surface, repairing joints, and the concrete columns.

    NCDOT said much of the construction will be done at night in order to limit traffic impacts.

    Officials said the bridges are in good condition, and the improvements are meant to prevent major repairs for at least another 20 years.

    The contract calls for the work to be completed in August 2019.

    Buncombe County repaving

    NCDOT says about 75 miles of Buncombe County roadways, including three state highways, a section of Sweeten Creek Road and 87 other secondary roads, will be resurfaced.

    The $14.9 million contract was awarded to Harrison Construction Company-APAC Atlantic, Inc. of Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Notable roads to be resurfaced include:

    • About 2.6 miles on New Leicester Highway (N.C. 63) between Eliada Home and New Found roads
    • A section of Sweeten Creek Road (U.S. 25A) in Biltmore Village
    • About a mile of North Fork Road (N.C. 197) near Dodd Road
    • Approximately 11.4 miles of N.C. 9 between Old Lakey Gap Road and Kate Mountain Road
    • About 1.8 miles of N.C. 9 between the Norfolk Southern Railroad to end of maintenance

    Construction may start in July 2018, and the contractor has until October of 2019 to finish the projects.

    Rutherford County repaving

    The NCDOT says nearly 80 miles of roadways in Rutherford County will be repaved. The $7.6 million contract was awarded to Rogers Group Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee.

    Notable roads to be resurfaced under this contract include:

    • About 5.2 miles of U.S. 64 between Rock Springs Church Road and Cove Road
    • About 3.5 miles of U.S. 221A between Pointer Road and U.S. 74
    • About 1.9 miles of Tryon Road (N.C. 108) between the Polk County line and JJ Guffy Road

    NCDOT says construction may start in July 2018, and the contractor has until October 2019 to complete the projects.

    I-40 bridges in Burke County replacement

    A pair of bridges on I-40 that cross Mineral Springs Road in Burke County are set to be replaced.

    The $12.4 million contract was awarded to Dane Construction Inc., of Mooresville.

    NCDOT says about 49,000 vehicles travel that stretch of I-40 every day, citing a 2016 traffic count.

    Officials said the bridges were built in 1958 and no longer meet the current design standards for the volume of traffic.

    NCDOT says work may begin as early as July 30, and the contract calls for work to be completed by March 30, 2021.

    Officials say construction will be done at night as necessary to limit traffic backups.

    South Hominy Creek Bridge replacement

    The South Hominy Creek Bridge in Buncombe County, which NCDOT says is frequently closed for maintenance and is not optimal for the current traffic flow, will be replaced.

    The $726,907 contract was awarded to Buckeye Bridge LLC of Canton N.C.

    Construction could start as early as October 2018. NCDOT says the contractor has 150 days after the start date to reopen the bridge.

    McDowell County bridge replacement

    Two bridge replacement projects in McDowell County will temporarily close two secondary roads.

    Graham County Land Company will close Old Linville Road to replace a 60-year-old bridge over the Pond Branch and another 60-year-old bridge on Tater Town Loop over Katy Creek.

    Work on the project will begin Thursday, July 12. NCDOT says crews have until November 9, 2018, to complete the construction at a cost of $829,301.

    The detour for old Linville Road directs traffic to U.S. 221, then to North Cove Road, then back to Old Linville Road. The detour for Tater Town Loop takes drivers to Lake Lamar Loop then to Tater Town Loop.

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