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Work Underway On I-40 Bridge In Eastern Burke County

A contractor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has started rehabilitating the bridge on N.C. 10 over Interstate 40 in Icard. The work started on Monday (July 31) necessitating a four-week closure of the bridge.

NCDOT traffic engineers established a short detour for drivers to cross or join I-40 in Burke County. Drivers starting north of I-40 may utilize N.C. 10 and Henry River Road to cross or access I-40 at Exit 119, while drivers south of I-40 may utilize N.C. 10 to cross or access I-40 at Exit 116. The ramps to and from I-40 at Exit 118 will remain open.

Crews from NHM Constructors of Asheville will remove the pavement, repair old concrete, install new bridge joints, resurface the top layer and add new markings on the bridge. The $200,000 contract calls for completion by Aug. 25.

Transportation officials remind drivers to plan ahead, remain alert and obey all posted traffic signs when driving.