Shared by IRPO–Crews Creating Temporary Road Near Lake Lure

NCDOT connecting communities separated by slide

RUTHERFORDTON – Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation will build a temporary gravel road to serve residents, visitors and businesses using Buffalo Creek Road near Rumbling Bald Resort. The temporary repairs will re-connect the road damaged by a landslide in January.

Employees from the NCDOT’s Rutherford County Maintenance Unit will begin the construction Monday, July 15. It is expected to take approximately two weeks. Crews will grade the roadway and put stone down to re-open it. The temporary repairs will cost approximately $80,000. NCDOT engineers are exploring long-term solutions, which include options that are the most fiscally responsible while minimizing the impact to the community as much as possible. Plans will be shared with the community upon completion, which is expected later this year.

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Shared by IRPO–New Bridge to Cross I-40

Bridge to provide safer access to McDowell County

ASHEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $12.3 million contract to replace a bridge over Interstate 40 and improve the interchange in McDowell County. The existing two-lane bridge will be used for traffic while crews build a three-lane bridge a few feet to the west. Additional improvements include reducing the curves of ramps, extending the length of the eastbound on-ramp, curb and gutter and new pavement at Exit 81.

The new bridge will provide residents and visitors with safer and better access to Marion, as well as southern McDowell County. National Bridge Builders of Kernersville, N.C., earned the contract to replace the 61-year-old bridge on Sugar Hill Road, and crews may begin construction as soon as July 29, 2019 with the completion date of March 14, 2022. This project is one of six road and bridge projects recently awarded by NCDOT at a cost of nearly $53.8 million.

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NC Moves 2050

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) wants your input on potential impacts to transportation in North Carolina. Provide your input in a short survey at The survey is part of an update to NCDOT’s long-range multimodal planning project, called NC Moves 2050. Please participate by June 21 to give your community a voice and help NCDOT understand what is important to you. Your feedback will help guide North Carolina’s future transportation policies and investments.

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