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Deadline will be missed on $1.5M Matthews bridge project

It was the rock’s fault.

That’s what the North Carolina Department of Transportation says, anyway.

On Friday, NCDOT said an Aug. 20 deadline to finish a $1.5 million bridge over Irvins Creek in Matthews will be missed thanks to crews having to blast through additional rock in order to install a pipe.

Now, the project won’t be finished until the end of September, NCDOT says.

The bridge, on Sam Newell Road, replaces one that dates to 1945. The old bridge is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, according to NCDOT. While the old bridge is still safe, it won’t be able to handle future traffic, NCDOT added.

Blythe Construction is building the new bridge, which will have three lanes, including a center turn lane.

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