- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A pair of bridges on Interstate 40 in western North Carolina that date back to the Eisenhower administration are being replaced.

The N.C. Department of Transportation said in a news release Thursday that it will replace the bridges over Berea Church Road in Burke County. NHM Constructors of Asheville says it will close the local road next Monday in order to begin a two-year process to replace the eastbound and westbound bridges.

A local detour has been established for Berea Church Road to help accelerate construction on the $8.56 million contract. NHM will construct an on-site detour to allow I-40 traffic to flow in all four lanes.

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