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Work begins on I-26 Green River bridges
Saturday, 16 October 2021 11:42

SALUDA — Beginning Oct. 11, a contractor for the North Carolina Department of Transportation began work to widen and replace parts of the two bridges on Interstate 26 over the Green River in Henderson County.

“The Green River bridges are significant structures that are critical to transportation on I-26 between Asheville and Spartanburg (S.C.),” Division 14 Construction Engineer Mitchell Bishop said in a news release.

“We are taking this opportunity to perform preventative maintenance on the existing structure and also widen it to accommodate future traffic.”

A 90-second animated video rendering of the construction sequence is available online. The process includes building new lanes between the two bridges, removing old concrete and building a new deck in one direction, then repeating the process in the other direction.

At least one lane in each direction will remain open at all times. 

Starting Oct. 11, one lane was closed until 7 a.m. Oct. 14, so crews could safely widen shoulders in both direction, the release noted.

The project is expected to take three years to complete and will cost just under $27 million.



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