Work Replacing Downtown Pineville Bridge Set to Finish in November

PINEVILLE, NC – Business owners and people who drive through Pineville are eager for a busy downtown road to re-open.

Part of South Polk Street has been shut down for more than nine months for a bridge replacement.
It is now expected to reopen close to Thanksgiving.

“Everybody just had to learn some different routes to take, you know, the detours,” says Pineville business owner Sandy Katopodis.

She’s excited the project near her restaurant is almost complete.

“Very happy. Very happy. Hopefully it will help out with some of the traffic volume in the area,” she says.

In January, a portion of the road was shut down to replace a bridge rated functionally obsolete.

According to NCDOT, the old bridge was still OK but needed replacing because of increased traffic projected for the area.

Right now, a detour is in place taking drivers along Carolina Place Parkway.

The new bridge was originally set open earlier this month.

“At the front end of the project we had some issues with a utility conflict. It took a little longer than we wanted to get it out of the way,” explains Jen Thompson with NCDOT.

She says the bridge should be open to accomodate busy holiday traffic heading to nearby Carolina Place Mall.

“We’ve appreciated everybody’s patience. We know that it’s been a long time coming and we’re trying to get it done sooner rather than later,” Thompson says.

Katopodis says she hopes it will mean more business from people coming from Ballantyne and Indian Land.

She says traffic here is already bad enough around the holidays, so she hopes there will be no more delays.