ASHEVILLE — Transportation officials are postponing a bridge repair that had been scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 19.
Materials necessary for the operation did not arrive in time to safely perform the work and reopen Interstate 240 to traffic by Monday morning. The work tentatively is scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 26.
Traffic on I-240 will be diverted to the Brevard Road exit ramps and then back to the interstate over the weekend of Feb. 26-28 while a N.C. Department of Transportation contractor replaces a beam under the Brevard Road bridge. Traffic is being diverted to the ramps instead of under the bridge to ensure driver safety and to minimize commuter delays that could occur if the work was performed on weekdays.
The contractor will begin replacing the outside beam on the western side of the bridge, using heavy equipment to remove the existing beam and install a new one.
After an over-height vehicle struck the beam, traffic on Brevard Road has been restricted from using the shoulder to limit weight on that beam. The private company that damaged the bridge will pay $139,000 for the repairs.
This work is weather-dependent and could again be postponed.
Drivers on I-240 and Brevard Road should expect delays. Traffic signal timing at the ramp intersections will be adjusted to account for the detour.
“We anticipate this to be a straightforward operation,” said Chris Deyton, NCDOT Division 13 resident engineer. “Thankfully, the detour, even with the potential for a few minutes of delay, is to simply exit the intestate, cross the road and get back on the interstate.”
In addition to the onsite detour, drivers can use I-240 on the eastern side of Asheville as an alternate route. Drivers heading west on Interstate 26 from south Asheville can take Exit 31A to join I-40 East, then take Exit 53B to join I-240 West, then use Exit 4A to rejoin I-26 West.
Drivers on I-26 East from north of Asheville can choose to take I-240 East to Exit 9 to I-40 West, then take Exit 46A to rejoin I-26 East.