Although a section of a Caldwell County bridge being replaced fell into a pond, officials say the project remains on schedule. A news release issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation say plans to replace the bridge on Falls Avenue over Old Mill Pond remain on schedule.
The bridge has been closed since Department of Transportation engineers deemed it unsafe on October 4, 2016. Plans remain in place — pending the ability to pave before winter sets in — to have residents and visitors driving on the bridge by early next year.
A short section of the closed bridge fell into Old Mill Pond on Wednesday (May 17). Plans to replace the bridge call for the demolition of the 75-year-old existing wooden structure in June.
A typical express-design project such as this takes up to 18 months to be designed, have right-of-way purchased, utility lines moved, and equipment mobilized. Most of that work has been completed in the three months since the contract was awarded.