The low water crossing on Old H Highway, next to Waynesville Middle School, will be seeing the construction of a new bridge and other engineering in the area this summer.
Waynesville City Council passed a resolution to begin construction on the bridge at a cost of $190,800. The improvements are meant to provide access over the waterway, "regulate the flow of stormdrain water and prevent the flooding and erosion of the existing area," according to the resolution.
Barton Engineering was retained to design the bridge and explained in a recent meeting of the Roads and Grounds Committee that it was designed for a 50 year flood. The design for the new bridge also includes a sidewalk for pedestrian traffic.
According to the minutes from the Roads and Grounds Committee meeting, the city hopes to begin construction June 1 and finish by August 15 of this year to minimize any conflict with Waynesville School District's schedule.
Old H Highway has had this problem for a long time causing the road to be closed during heavy rain and flooding because water from the creek bed often rises up over the road.
Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman expressed her happiness that the city was finally able to take on this project, calling it a "long awaited project" for the city and its residents.