“Five-Mile Viaduct” bridge closed until next summer for replacement
A bridge built in the 1920s that connects King Street Extension and Rivers Avenue will close on Monday and re-open next summer after it is torn down and replaced.
The span, which arches over Meeting Street and railroad tracks, is in disrepair and currently has a three-ton weight limit. Weeds grow on it. A missing 15-foot section of concrete railing is patched with steel.
“It’s in bad shape,” said Mark Turner, senior project manager for Crowder Construction Company of Charlotte.
The contractor will demolish the old bridge and build a new one. The work is expected to last until July 1, 2014.
King Street Extension, Rivers Avenue and Meeting Street traffic will be re-routed around the closed bridge during the project.
Bridge demolition will begin in three weeks, he said.
“We just pulverize it. It should come apart easily,” he said.
The bridge foundation has graceful concrete arches.
“It’s kind of a marvel. The craftmanship was much better back then than it is now,” Turner said.
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