The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has opened 59 of the 71 roads in Catawba, Cleveland, Iredell and Lincoln counties that were damaged by severe storms on July 27.
The NCDOT has strategically utilized its area resources to open the roads as quickly as possible to re-establish mobility and connectivity to jobs and commerce, spending $356,345 in state road maintenance funds.
The majority of the roads affected by the storm that dropped more than 10 inches of rain are low-volume secondary roads. 12 secondary roads are still closed, including Beam Lumber Road in Vale.
The small wooden bridge over Little Indian Creek was washed away by floodwaters and will be rebuilt once the new bridge designs are complete. The new bridge may be in place by next spring.
While repairs continue, the NCDOT advises motorists to follow posted detour signs. Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades.
The following is a list of roads that are still closed and the repairs needed. The NCDOT expects to open those roads in the next four-to-six weeks, weather permitting.