MARION – A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing two secondary roads in McDowell County in order to replace aging bridges.
Graham County Land Company will close Old Linville Road to replace a 60-year-old bridge over the Pond Branch and another 60-year-old bridge on Tater Town Loop over Katy Creek. These bridges no longer meet current design standards.
Crews will close the roads on Thursday and have until Nov. 9 to complete the construction at a cost of $829,301. Both bridges will be removed and new aluminum box culverts will be installed.
The detour for old Linville Road directs traffic to U.S. 221, then to North Cove Road, then back to Old Linville Road. The detour for Tater Town Loop takes drivers to Lake Lamar Loop then to Tater Town Loop.
Transportation officials remind motorists to drive with caution, obey all posted signs and slow down in work zones.
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