Granite Falls bridge to stay closed for a while

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 4:40 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2016 at 5:14 PM EDT
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(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)

GRANITE FALLS, NC (WBTV) - What officials were hoping would be a minor issue with a bridge has turned into the opposite.

Engineers with the Department of Transportation have ordered the Falls Avenue Bridge over the Mill Pond to be closed to all traffic. At least two support beams under the bridge have shattered.

A section of the roadway above has dipped down and the road surface is cracked.

Crews were seen on Wednesday putting concrete barriers up to stop anyone from driving over it. One DOT worker said that was a sign that the road would likely be shut down for some time.

People who use the road say the detour is several miles around.

Wednesday morning, police report heavy traffic was on the detour route. They advise people who have to use it to prepare for more time getting to work or school.

As for when the problem can be fixed, officials are not sure yet.

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