STATESVILLE – A bridge crossing Third Creek on U.S. 21/Shelton Road south of Statesville will soon be improved, thanks to a $3.7 million contract awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation to Eastern Structures LLC of Mocksville.
Built in 1921, the bridge was widened in 1939 and is considered structurally deficient, which means the bridge has speed or weight limits to ensure safety.
The contract calls for the bridge to be replaced in stages. Traffic will remain on the existing structure while about 30 feet of the new bridge is built downstream. When that portion is complete, traffic will be shifted to the new bridge while the old one is removed and the remaining portion of the new bridge is completed.
The new bridge will be almost twice as wide, increasing from 32 feet to 59 feet to accommodate bicycle lanes and future sidewalks.
Work can get underway as soon as July 30. The new bridge should open to traffic by May 2020, with landscaping and vegetation establishment continuing through October 2020.
This was one of 25 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Per state law they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth nearly $630 million.
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