The North Carolina Department of Transportation has scheduled to close a portion of Will Schronce Road in Iron Station to replace a bridge over Hoyle Creek.
Construction is expected to begin Aug. 19, and a detour will be in place, directing motorists to take Keever Dairy Farm Road to Hovis Road.
According to an NCDOT press release, the existing bridge was constructed in 1962 and is considered “functionally obsolete and structurally deficient.” The statement said that although the bridge is still considered safe, it was built to design standards that are no longer in use, and thus requires costly maintenance to remain functional. The bridge also needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands.
According to NCDOT’s website, a bridge is considered functionally obsolete if it is narrow, has inadequate under-clearances, insufficient load-carrying capacity and is poorly aligned with the roadway. To correct the issue, the bridge will be replaced with a culvert.
Country Boy Landscaping accepted the contractor bid for the $717,889 project. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-October. For more information about the construction project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/ncbridges.