Work on new Miranda Road bridge to begin this month

CHARLOTTE – N.C. Department of Transportation officials have decided to accelerate the replacement of the Miranda Road bridge in Charlotte by six months, instead of making costly short-term repairs to damages caused by the Aug. 4 flooding.
According to a news release, engineers determined repairs would cost about $80,000, almost 10 percent of the cost to build the planned replacement bridge. Final plans need to be reviewed and existing utilities will have to be relocated before a contract can be awarded. Originally, planned for March 2012, the department should begin work on the bridge sometime this month.
Construction will take about 150 days to complete, weather permitting, so the department expects to open the bridge in March, about the same time the contract was originally scheduled to be awarded.
The road will remain closed during construction, with traffic being detoured to Beatties Ford and Sunset roads, back to Miranda Road.

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