Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park playground is closed indefinitely due to safety concerns.

Wilkinson Blvd Bridge Replacement and Intersection at E Catawba St


This bridge was first built in 1911 and made with reinforced concrete. The current Sloan’s Ferry Bridge was built in 1933, and is made of concrete and steel. It was erected as a memorial to the Gaston and Mecklenburg County soldiers who fought in the World War (1917-1918). Originally, it was built as a two-lane bridge with shoulders for pedestrians and temporary parking, but it was widened to four-lanes in the 1950s.

As vehicular traffic in our region continues to rise, this bridge has now been determined to be functionally obsolete and in need of replacement.

The intersection of E Catawba Street and Wilkinson Blvd. has also determined to be in need of improvements to address the growing traffic demand.

In 2016, the developer of Aberfoyle Village completed a Technical Memorandum that provided  data to confirm that a right turn lane and queuing was needed from E Catawba Street onto Wilkinson Blvd. In lieu of building the improvement, the developer contributed $75,000 that will be utilized toward the current NCDOT project.


Current Status

NCDOT has recently reactivated funding for this project, and preliminary engineering and design is now underway. Both projects listed below will be designed and released for construction at the same time- which is anticipated in 2023.

  • BR-0020: Bridge 350091 on US29&74 over Catawba River
    • Add an additional lane in both directions, include 10' multi-use path both sides
  • U-6143: US-74 (Wilkinson Blvd) and NC-7 (E Catawba St) Intersection
    • Construct northbound right-turn lane on NC-7 and extend existing westbound left-turn lane on US-74


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