Motorist traveling Laurel Creek Road, close to highway 321, can expect detours starting Monday July 11. NCDOT will replace the superstructure of a bridge at Laurel Creek Road and Big Branch Road, which should be complete by Friday (July 15) weather permitting.
A NCDOT crew on the scene Wednesday tells WataugaOnline.com that the section of road will be closed during the day, 8am-5pm, but a temporary bridge will allow for traffic after 5pm each day. Rominger Road will be used as a detour.
The bridge is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient and is one of of about 5,300 in the state with that classification, according to NCDOT data.
Structurally deficient bridges have load carrying components in poor condition due to deterioration. These bridges are safe. However, they require significant maintenance to remain in service, and limits on vehicle weights may be required. To fully address the issues on a structurally deficient bridge, extensive rehabilitation or replacement is usually required.
Functionally obsolete bridges no longer meet the demands of the traffic using them. These bridges are safe but need to be improved or replaced due to narrow lanes, low height clearances, or have posted weight limits.
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