Shared by IRPO–Rutherford County Bridge Replacement Ready to Start

ASHEVILLE — A new bridge is being delivered to Rutherford County residents.

A short section of Bethany Church Road recently closed in order for a contractor with the N.C. Department of Transportation to begins replacing a bridge over Floyd’s Creek.

The replacement will bring the 43-year-old bridge up to modern specifications once Clark Ledbetter Grading & Hauling is finished with the $829,000 project. Construction is expected to conclude in March of 2018.

A temporary detour will direct southbound traffic to Doggett Road, then Tanners Grove Road, then to Country Side Drive before returning to Bethany Church Road. The reverse applies to northbound traffic.

Transportation officials remind motorists to slow down in work zones, obey all posted signs, and allow extra time for the new construction.

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Shared by IRPO: Recent Bicycle Law Changes

Key Bicycle Law Changes Under House Bill 959 are now in effect.

Drivers must follow these rules to lawfully pass a bicycle or moped in a no passing area:

  • You can only pass a bicycle or moped,
  • The bicycle or moped must be headed in the same direction as the vehicle,
  • The driver must provide at least four feet between themselves and the bicycle/moped or fully enter the left lane,
  • Don’t pass when the bicycle or moped is signaling a left turn.

At night, bicycle riders must have:

  • A lighted lamp on the bicycle’s front visible from at least 300 feet,
  • A red light on the back of the bicycle,
  • Or wear reflective clothing/vest visible from 300 feet.

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Shared by IRPO: Division 13 Seeks Public Input on Next STIP

ASHEVILLE – Citizens are encouraged to provide their input on which projects they would like to see evaluated in the next N.C. Department of Transportation State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

The plan includes the projects that the state intends to fund in a 10-year period and is updated every two years to reflect the state’s current financial situation. In the first phase of creating the draft, local NCDOT divisions and planning organizations submit projects for consideration for funding. Projects are then evaluated using a data-driven prioritization process and projects that score highly enough are included in the STIP.

This public comment period will provide feedback as divisions submit projects for the 2020-2029 STIP. The 2018-2027 STIP will be finalized in August.

Each division will hold drop-in office hours for a week-long period to provide members of the public flexibility. To give suggestions and hear about potential projects in Division 13, which includes Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties, residents can stop by the Division 13 Office from July 31 to Aug. 4. The office is located at 55 Orange St. in Asheville and is open for public comment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to these open office hours, from July 31 to Aug. 31 residents may submit comments to Division 13 Senior Planning Engineer Brendan Merithew at (828) 251-6171 or, or by visiting NCDOT’s website.