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Shulls Mill Road Detour Now in Place for Bridge Replacement Near Hounds Ear Club

A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a short portion of Shulls Mill Road near Hounds Ear Club today in order to replace a bridge over Lance Creek in Watauga County.

Construction company James R. Vannoy and Sons will be replacing the bridge at a cost of $717,000 and will have Shulls Mill Road closed until Jan. 15.

Motorists are urged to use Old Turnpike Road, a 2.8-mile loop that connects to Shulls Mill on both ends, as a detour around the 54-year old bridge, which bisects the golf course.

The safety and repair of aging bridges is a key component of Governor Pat McCrory’s 25-year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. The 2016-17 budget signed by the Governor increases repair and replacement funding for bridges by 58 percent, totaling $242 million.

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