The Transylvania Times -

Bridge Replacement Starts South Of Sapphire


June 10, 2019

An old bridge is on the way out and a new bridge will replace it, to create safer travel for residents and visitors to a mountain community.

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin next week replacing a 59-year-old, two-lane bridge on Upper White Water Road over Gum Bottom Creek in Sapphire.

Crews from Apple Tuck & Associates will close the road and establish a safe construction zone between Cash Road and Camp Buc Road on June 10. The company will have 120 days to reopen the road.

The new bridge will provide drivers with a structure with enhanced safety benefits. The standards for new bridges will allow heavier and wider vehicles to safely cross.

The remote location provides one primary detour route that will take motorists on White Water Road North to U.S. 64, then east on U.S. 64, and south on N.C. 281 to return to White Water Road.


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