September marks a busy month for transportation projects along N.C. 226 in Mitchell County, as contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation begin a safety improvement project this week and wrap up a bridge replacement project later this month.
The $800,000 safety improvement project starting this week will involve installing 16 miles of guardrail on N.C. 226 from the state line south to the Town of Bakersville. Work is scheduled to be completed by February 2014. Project contractor is Reynolds Fence and Guardrail Inc. of Indian Trail. Bill Slagle, Chairman of Mitchell County Board of Commissioners said that in February of this year a delegation of elected officials, county employees and chamber of commerce leaders met with several NCDOT officials on various projects concerning safety upgrades for roads in Mitchell County, this was one of those projects discussed. Slagle also said “We are very thankful for the assistance of Senator Ralph Hise and Representative Josh Dobson for their continuing support through the funding process”.
Crews are currently completing the replacement of the bridge on NC. 226 at Harrell Hill Road over Big Rock Creek north of Bakersville. The project is scheduled to be finished later this month, at which time N.C. 226 will be reopened through the winter.
In the spring, work will begin on replacing another bridge on N.C. 226 just south of Fork Mountain Road in Mitchell County. N.C. 226 will need to be closed during this bridge replacement, which will require traffic to be detoured on Fork Mountain Road for approximately five months. These two bridges are part of an $8 million project to replace 9 bridges in the region.