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Some roads still closed

Staff Writer

Four roadways in Lincoln County remain closed after sustaining damage during the flooding disaster that hit the area at the end of last month.
Excessive rainfall on July 27 and 28 led to multiple closures of roads immediately following the storm. A few weeks out, a handful of those have yet to open and will not likely do so for weeks to come as North Carolina Department of Transportation workers make repairs.
Beam Lumber Bridge in Vale, one of the hardest hit and the site of Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent visit to assess storm damage in the county, is anticipated to take five months to fix, according to local officials.
An announcement from the Planning and Inspections Department posted on the Lincoln County website Tuesday notes that an expedited design for the roadway is in progress.
Meanwhile, Dan Rhyne Road and Tallent Road, both under contract for repairs, will likely not open for six more weeks, while Burgin Smith Road is expected to remain closed for four weeks.
“There remain several sites where the roads are open that will require additional drainage and shoulder repairs,” officials said. “Crews will be responding to those sites over the next several weeks.”

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