State transportation officials say work could begin later this month to replace an aging bridge on McCoy Road near Huntersville.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $680,479 contract to Rutherfordton’s Apple Tuck & Associates to replace the bridge over Gar Creek. The work is expected to take about four months and will mean a detour for drivers.
The DOT says the 52-year-old bridge is considered obsolete and structurally deficient. The replacement bridge will be wider and able to accommodate heavier and larger vehicles.
Work could start as early as May 29, and the new bridge is scheduled to be open by Oct. 1. Some landscaping work could last until the end of next March.
While work is taking place, motorists will be sent on a 3 1/2-mile detour, using Beatties Ford and Hambright roads.