LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – All of the bridges and roads that were damaged in Lincoln County after last spring’s heavy rains have been repaired, except one.
The bridge on Beam Lumber Road over Indian Creek looks today much as it did after it washed away.
There are detours around that bridge but it has been hard on some of the people who live in the area.
“It is a big ordeal,” said Mandi Scronce, who stopped at a nearby convenience store.
“They are going to have to redo all of it because the bridge is totally washed away,” she added.
Beam Lumber Road is rural for most of the year, but in May, some 5,000 people or more are expected to be driving around in the area looking for the annual festival at the Woodmill Winery located a mile or two from the bridge.
Dalton Isaac is the son-in-law of the winery owner. He said, “It is a big concern because a lot of our traffic comes from that area.”
Isaac said if anyone coming to the winery uses a GPS, it will lead them on a route over the bridge that isn’t there.
North Carolina Department of Transportation spokesperson Jordan-Ashley Baker said the DOT is working now to get a right-of-way certification for the new bridge. Once the certification is in hand, she said, the Department can move forward with advertising the project and awarding a contract for the new bridge.
“For a bridge we have to get our permits lined up, which are based on engineering designs, so it takes a little longer to work out the issues,” said Baker. “We are working to get this new bridge completed as soon as possible.”
Baker said the DOT hopes to have the new bridge built and open for traffic by the end of the summer or early fall.