EAST BEND – The Donnaha Park can be closing this month in preparation for building to start on a brand new bridge spanning the Yadkin River. Based on the North Carolina Division of Transportation, the Donnaha bridge is without doubt one of the longest bridges in western North Carolina and building on the brand new bridge is anticipated to start late this month.
A $9.5 million contract was lately awarded to interchange the 71-year-old bridge on N.C. 67 that spans the Yadkin River and connects Yadkin and Forsyth counties, mentioned David Uchiyama, NCDOT communications officer.
“Smith-Rowe, based mostly in Mount Ethereal, earned the contract with the bottom bid amongst 10 certified bidders. Development might start as quickly as March 29, and the contract requires completion in Could of 2024,” mentioned Uchiyama. “Site visitors on N.C. 67 will proceed driving on the present bridge till the brand new bridge, which can be constructed simply to the north, is full. This eliminates the necessity for an extended detour.”
“The brand new bridge will span greater than 1,000 ft throughout the river and Donnaha Park beneath. Constructed to fashionable requirements, it would characteristic 12-foot broad lanes with 4-foot-shoulders plus reflective paint and snow-plowable markers within the center. The challenge additionally creates a safer alignment on the intersection of N.C. 67 and Donnaha Highway in Forsyth County.”
The N.C. Wildlife Assets Fee has agreed to shut Donnaha Park throughout bridge building and is within the technique of posting indicators. NCDOT is contacting extra paddling teams and river customers to assist replace on-line entry maps. The Yadkin Riverkeeper group has additionally posted bulletins of the park/river entry closure to its Fb web page.
Yadkin County Parks and Recreation Director Jason Walker mentioned the closure of the Donnaha Park may have a huge impact because the park is usually utilized by space residents as a river entry for fishing and boating.
As alternate options for water recreation till the bridge building is accomplished, Walker beneficial the Shore River entry in Boonville and the Huntsville River entry in Courtney. There may be additionally a river entry in East Bend on Shoals Highway. Lake Hampton on the Yadkin Memorial Park additionally gives fishing and boating choices. There’s a small fishing pond situated on the Yadkin County Park in Yadkinville as nicely.
For real-time journey data, go to DriveNC.gov or observe NCDOT on social media. For extra data on river and park entry in Yadkin County go to .yadkincountync.gov/129/Parks-Recreation.
Kitsey Burns Harrison could also be reached at 336-258-4035 or observe her on Twitter @RippleReporterK.