Replacement of bridge that collapsed in June expected to be complete in 2025

Published 1:54 pm Thursday, January 4, 2024

NCDOT says contract to replace structure awarded in October 


POLK COUNTY—A bridge that collapsed after heavy rains caused the North Pacolet River to breach its banks in June is now expected to be replaced in 2025. The bridge, located on Howard Gap Rd. in Tryon, was originally expected to be replaced several months after it failed. 

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According to Mark Hill, an engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there is currently a contract in place for a “Design-Build Replacement” of the structure, with the project expected to be completed by April 7, 2025. The contract was awarded in October of last year. 

“Upon investigation, it was determined that intensive repairs were required and beyond the capabilities of the NCDOT to repair in-house,” Hill said. 

The total cost of the project will be $1,187,600. The construction will be done by RE Burns & Sons Co. Inc, who are based out of Statesville, N.C.

Heavy rains during the early morning hours of June 20 led to flooding throughout the area, as well as downed trees and power outages. The water level of the North Pacolet River under the collapsed bridge is normally around 1.5 feet, but the deluge caused it to reach almost 15 feet. According to reports at the time, the town had nearly 4 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period.

For more information regarding the upcoming construction, contact the Mills River NCDOT Office at 828-891-5367.