ASHEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has temporarily closed a two-lane bridge on Old Linville Road in McDowell County for precautionary reasons. Recent inspections discovered deterioration beyond acceptable levels.
Engineers based in Asheville are developing plans to either repair or replace the 46-year-old bridge over the North Fork Catawba River just south of North Cove.
NCDOT has marked a detour for use by large vehicles and those with trailers. Motorists travelling north may take American Thread Road to U.S. 221 North and drive seven miles to the north end of Old Linville Road and head south. Local traffic may use other routes but truck and low-trailer combinations would likely not clear a railroad crossing at Pitt Station Road.