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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Apple Valley Road northeast of Hendersonville at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, to replace the bridge over Clear Creek. The road will be closed until Sept. 15.
The bridge, built in 1961, is considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. While the bridge is still safe, it requires extensive maintenance and repair. Lane and shoulder widths also don't meet current standards.
The $464,756.22 project contract was awarded to Apple Tuck and Associates Inc. of Rutherfordton.
During the closure, motorists should detour to Bearwallow Road to Mills Gap Road to Garren Road back to Apple Valley Road.