Shared by IRPO–McDowell Bridge Getting Replaced

Marked detour established for drivers

MARION – A 57-year-old bridge in McDowell County is being replaced.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has closed a short section of Silvers Welch Road to allow for the replacement of the bridge over Jordan Branch.  Work started Thursday, April 19 and the project is to be completed by late June.

Graham County Land Company will remove the existing bridge and replace it with an aluminum box culvert at a cost of $818,000.

Drivers in the area south of Old Fort will need to utilize a marked detour. Traffic will be directed to Lavender Road, then Bethlehem Road, then Bat Cave Road and back to Silvers Welch Road — or vice versa.

Transportation officials remind motorists to obey posted signs, follow instructions of flaggers and slow down in work zones.

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