Lincoln County Commissioners Wednesday awarded the bid to a contractor to begin replacing a small bridge on East Devil’s Lake Road well east of the Tanger Outlets Mall. The idea is to reduce the number of days a year the roadway is underwater. Currently there’s water on East Devil’s Lake Road off and on for two-third of the year. Commissioners were told that by installing the new bridge, complete with higher approach grades, water over the roadway will be reduced to only 5% of the year.
Construction is expected to begin Monday August 10th and be completed by September 4th – before both Labor Day and the first day of school. Nearly a month to the day. Sticker price is around $275,000.
An added benefit to the environment is that contaminants on cars and trucks – like oil, brake dust and such – will have a lot less direct contact with the water. So that’s another big plus.
As a long-term, 100% clear-of-water solution, it’ll require a multi-million dollar project that involves replacing the bigger bridge just up the road and building a very long bridge in its place – along with higher grades. Public Works Department officials say they’re going shopping for money on that one in the 2018 to 2021 planning window. That’s something the state will have to help with due to its $5 million dollar price tag.