A bridge will be replaced over the Cullasaja River on Mirror Lake Road near Highlands in Macon County.
A $577,544 contract was awarded to Dane Construction Inc. of Mooresville. Work can begin as early as April 25 and is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.
The bridge, constructed in 1960, needs to be replaced due to its age and condition, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
An off-site detour will be in place directing motorists to continue on U.S. 64 through Highlands, turning left on Hicks Road and following back to Mirror Lake Road. The detour is approximately five miles.