The city of Waynesville is advising citizens that work is expected to begin on the Old H Highway low water crossing project, located next to Waynesville Middle School, on the week of June 3.

The city will be constructing a new bridge to prevent flooding on the roadway.

Waynesville City Council recently 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.

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.

This project will affect the Hull Valley and Mitchell Heights neighborhoods. Residents will access their neighborhoods through G.W. Lane Street.

The project is expected to be completed in early August.