Due to this weeks inclement weather, a bridge in Alexander County and two bridges in Iredell County are damaged. A bridge on Cheatham Ford Road in Hiddenite and bridges on Cattlemans Road and Liberty Hill Road in Statesville were all damaged due to flash flooding.
The Cheatham Ford Road bridge over the South Yadkin River was built in 1948 and last inspected October 23. The overall structure of the bridge is still intact, but a section of the bridge has been washed out.
The Liberty Hill Road bridge over the South Yadkin River was built in 1955 and was last inspected by N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews July 7. The 240-foot bridge suffered some damage from the tornadoes that affected the state in February of this year and was completely washed out Thursday.
The Cattlemans Road bridge over Snow Creek was built in 1961, rehabilitated in 1984 and last inspected April 8. The 120-foot bridge has been completely washed out.
Bridge maintenance crews could completely assess the impact of the flooding on all bridges after the water receded. There is currently no estimated time for reopening.
Detours for the affected routes are as follows: For Cheatham Ford Road, traffic will be directed to Highway 90, Sulphur Springs Road and Hill River Road. Motorists traveling Liberty Hill Road will be detoured to Pisgah Church Road, N.C. 115 and Midway. For Cattlemans Road, travelers will use Damascus Church Road, N.C. 115 and Mountain View Road.
In addition to these bridges, multiple structures and routes across the state are underwater. Everyone should avoid travel unless necessary. If travel is required, please visit DriveNC.gov for updates regarding detours and closures before venturing out.