Public Meeting Set for New Northwest Bridges In Ashe County

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ASHEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting next week regarding proposed projects to replace two bridges in Warrensville.

The first Ashe County project is to replace the bridge on Campbell Road over North Fork New River. The second replacement project is for a bridge on N.C. 194/88 over Buffalo Creek.

The bridges would provide a safer and more efficient flow of traffic in Ashe County.

The bridge at North Fork New River is functionally obsolete, which means that it is safe but was built to design standards that have expired. The structure over Buffalo Creek is functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. It remains safe for travel, but it is in need of more constant maintenance.

A component of the project over Buffalo Creek is to keep N.C. 194/88 open to traffic during construction except for short-term operations, which would require a 3.5-mile detour.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 in the media room at Ashe County Middle School located at 255 Northwest Lane in Warrensville.

Information on the projects will be presented and public input on the proposed designs will be gathered at the meeting. Residents may attend at any time during the meeting. Project representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments. Project information and materials can also be viewed at www.NCDOT.gov/Projects/Public Meetings.

An opportunity to submit written comments will also be provided at the meeting. All comments there, via phone, mail or email must be received by March 29. Contact NCDOT Project Development Engineer Michael G. Wray at 1584 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1548, 919-707-6050 or mgwray@ncdot.gov. All comments received will be considered as the project develops.

Transportation officials will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Public Involvement Group Leader Jamille Robbins at jarobbins@ncdot.gov or 919-707-6085 as early as possible.

People who speak Spanish, do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services upon request prior before the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

 

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