Last Updated on June 4, 2014 3:51 pm
Travel on two local roads will be impacted due to bridge construction for roughly the next four to five months.
Emory Greer Road in Zionville was closed for through traffic starting Monday (June 2, 2014) to begin work on replacing the bridge originally built in 1957. The contractor has 120 days to complete this replacement according to NCDOT. A construction official on site told WataugaRoads.com that replacing smaller lane bridges has been going really smooth and barring any weather issues they should easily be finished before the 120 days are over.
Another bridge project on Church Road in Foscoe is scheduled to start on Friday June 6, 2014. That construction will be performed in stages allowing for one lane of traffic to be maintained throughout the life of the project according to NCDOT. The contractor has 195 days to complete the work. That bridge was originally built in 1963.
In May 2012 NCDOT awarded the construction contract to Crowder Construction Company of Charlotte to replace both bridges in Watauga County, along with six in Wilkes, four in Avery, two in Ashe and one in Caldwell for a cost of $9.6 million dollars.
As of June 4, 2014 total progress is about 50% for all the combined projects according to a NCDOT progress report check, with an estimated completion date of November 1, 2015.
Photos:Kenneth Reece – June 4, 2014
Emory Greer Road bridge
Church Road Bridge from highway 105 side
Visible crack in one of the concrete supports under the bridge.
Church Road Bridge looking toward highway 105