Construction set to start on N.C. 105 bridge over Watauga River – Watauga Democrat

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WATAUGA — A contractor for the N.C. Dehalfment of Transportation will quickly start A critical bridge-alternative enterprise on N.C. 105 over the Watauga River.

Visitors delays Might Even be heavy at occasions in each instructions on N.C. 105 and Broadstone Road all by way of enchancment, Which Might Even start as early as Monday, Jan. 24 with clearing operations starting Inside The subsequent weeks.

Transportation officers, native officers and the contractor have developed a schedule to accommodate as many motorists as potential all by way of peak traffic occasions. This schedule avoids closures all by way of extreme-quantity commuting hours.

Usually, lane closures Shall be permitted on N.C. 105, Broadstone Road and Previous Tweetsie Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And seven p.m. To six a.m. on Monday by way of Thursday. Solely nightly lane closures Shall be allowed on weekends.

“This bridge alternative and intersection enchancment Is important for the prolonged-time period safety and mobility of drivers Inside the area,” Division 11 Construction Engineer Trent Beaver said. “There Shall be delays all by way of enchancment earlier than The mannequin new enterprise advantages all drivers — residents and visitors — Inside The world. We Shall be working with native officers To regulate traffic administration as needed.”

All halfies will converse later Inside the yr to schedule 30-minute road closures all by way of off-peak hours for bridge eradicating, girder set up and rock eradicating.

NCDOT awarded the $20.2 million contract to Wright Brothers Construction of Charleston, Tenn. The prevailing 66-yr-old bridge has reached The prime of its service and requires alternative.

The three-yr enterprise primarily breaks down into three yr-prolonged parts. The primary embraces utility relocation, vegetation eradicating and dust and rock eradicating. The second half embraces constructing half of The mannequin new bridge and switching traffic to it, earlier than constructing The final half of the bridge.

The enterprise embraces Making a mannequin new intersection with Broadstone Road and Previous Tweetsie Road, plus a traffic signal improve at Broadstone and A up So far bridge 270 ft prolonged and Greater than 100 ft broad. It is going to be broad enough To primarytain 4 lanes of traffic with regular safety options.

That is the first half of a broader enterprise To reinforce N.C. 105 from Clark’s Creek Road to the N.C. 105 Bypass in Boone. Completely different parts embrace an intersection enchancment starting later this yr and extremeway broadning in 2024.

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