A portion of South Polk Street in Pineville will be closed on Wednesday through October as crews begin working to replace an outdated, narrow bridge over Little Sugar Creek in the center of town.
A detour will be in place along Lancaster Highway/South Polk Street, N.C. 51 and Carolina Place Parkway, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The bridge had been set to close on Tuesday, but scheduling for subcontractors caused that stretch of South Polk Street to remain open one more day, said Jordan-Ashley Baker, a spokeswoman for N.C. DOT.
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To ease congestion, traffic signals will be adjusted to allow more time for turns at the intersection of N.C. 51 at Polk Street, N.C. 51 at Carolina Place Parkway, and Carolina Place Parkway at Lancaster Highway.
The existing bridge is considered obsolete because it fails to meet the needs of pedestrians and vehicular traffic, the state said.
A $2.3 million contract has been awarded to R.E. Burns & Sons Co. Inc. of Statesville for construction of the new bridge.
The new design is expected to be wider, with a third lane for left turns, and should better accommodate pedestrians. Plans call for a 5-foot sidewalk on each side, while the existing bridge has none.
Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms