Shared by IRPO: Bridge Building Begins on U.S. 74

Work to be complete in time for World Equestrian Games

SYLVA – N.C. Department of Transportation has begun construction on U.S. 74 near Pea Ridge Road in Polk County to build two bridges that will carry U.S. 74 traffic over a new road being constructed below.

Construction should be completed late this summer in time for the World Equestrian Games, to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring. The games are expected to attract more than 500,000 people from around the world and will be staffed by residents from across western North Carolina.

The two-lane roadway below U.S. 74 will connect John Shehan Road to property north of the highway in Polk County. Vecellio & Grogan is performing the bridge work for $5.7 million.

During construction, traffic will be shifted into temporary single lanes on the existing median. Later during construction, the U.S. 74 westbound on-ramp from Pea Ridge Road will be closed. A marked detour will direct traffic east on U.S. 74 to Union Road, under U.S. 74, then to the westbound on-ramp.

Drivers should slow down in work zones, obey all posted signs, and watch for workers.

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