UPDATE: Faith Road Detour Won't Start Until January - New York News

UPDATE: Faith Road Detour Won't Start Until January

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A project that was delayed because of a small town's big Fourth of July parade has been delayed again because the NC DOT says the contractor is tied up working on another project. The NC DOT says work on the bridge on Faith Road won't start until January.

Work on the bridge and a resulting detour on Faith Road was supposed to start in May, but the NC DOT delayed bridge construction and the road closure after the agency found out about the town's Fourth of July Celebration. At the time, the DOT said the road would be closed from July 7-December 3, and work was supposed to start immediately after the Fourth of July festivities, but that didn't happen.

Now the DOT says the contractor has started work on another bridge, so the company won't be able to get to the Faith Road project until sometime in January.

Brenda Welch, owner of the Faith Soda Shop, said Faith’s Fourth of July Parade and week-long celebration draws a big crowd. Welch said, “We have the beauty queens and the politicians and the school bands. It’s just a fun event.”

The town of Faith in Rowan County is just a couple of miles from a now-postponed road detour and closure. Construction crews will be working on the bridge over Crane Creek after the July Fourth Parade and other festivities. For the detour, traffic from Faith Rd will be re-routed between Heilig and St. Paul Church Roads onto Old Concord Road.

Businesses and workers in downtown Faith are still concerned because the main thoroughfare connecting Faith to Salisbury will be cut off when bridge work begins. Dana Ribelin said, “I had to turn around twice today on my way coming to work.”

Candace Fraley also works downtown. She said, “I think with traffic not being able to flow through, it will definitely be a problem.”


 




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